Family of schoolboy, 9, who was found hanged at home claim he was hounded to his death by Asian bullies for being white

Family of schoolboy, 9, who was found hanged at home claim he was hounded to his death by Asian bullies for being whiteAaron Dugmore, nine, found hanged at Birmingham home by his motherBelieved to be Britain’s second youngest 'suicide' caused by bullyingThe schoolboy was rushed to hospital but died of suspected cardiac arrestFamily claim Aaron was being tormented by bullies at his new schoolPolice are investigating the circumstances surrounding Aaron's death

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Suzannah Hills and Steve Nolan

PUBLISHED:

16:54 GMT, 24 February 2013

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17:46 GMT, 24 February 2013


Tragic: The devastated mother of nine-year-old Aaron Dugmore uploaded the last photo she ever took of her son to Facebook last night after she sound him hanging at their Birmingham home

Tragic: The devastated mother of nine-year-old Aaron Dugmore uploaded the last photo she ever took of her son to Facebook after she sound him hanged at their Birmingham home

The parents of a nine-year-old boy who was found hanged in his bedroom have claimed that their son killed himself because of racist taunts from Asian bullies.

Aaron Dugmore died in hospital 24 hours after his mother Kelly-Marie found him hanged at their Birmingham home earlier this month.

And Miss Dugmore, 30, and husband Paul Jones, 43, spoke out today about the bullies who allegedly taunted him for 'being white'.

The couple say that Aaron was threatened with a plastic knife by one Asian pupil.

He was warned that next time the knife would be real.

Aaron's parents say that complaints to the school fell on deaf ears and nothing was done to stop their son from being bullied.

Miss Dugmore told The Sun: 'Aaron got on with all the children at his last school and for him to be bullied because of the colour of his skin makes me feel sick to my stomach.'

The youngster was a pupil at Erdington Hall primary school in Birmingham, joining the school in September last year.

His parents say that the youngster began began arguing with his siblings and eventually admitted that he was being bullied by a group of Asian youngsters at school.

Paul said: He said one kid even said to him, “My dad says all the white people should be dead”.'

Miss Dugmore said that she approached school headteacher Martin Collin in a bid to rectify the problem, but alleges that she was told that she didn't have to send her son to the school and that it was their choice for him to be there.

A spokesman for the school, rated unsatisfactory by Ofsted, said that Aaron had 'settled in quickly'.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the youngster's death.

Emergency crews, including paramedics and police, were called to Aaron's family home in Erdington, Birmingham, earlier this month.

'It's better to have loved and lose, then never to have loved at all': The message written by Aaron Dugmore's mother Kelly on her Facebook page

'It's better to have loved and lost, then never to have loved at all': The message written by Aaron Dugmore's mother Kelly on her Facebook page

He was rushed to hospital where doctors desperately attempted to revive him but he died the following day from a suspected cardiac arrest.

His grandmother Toni Dugmore, 49, from Birmingham, put a poster condemning bullying on her own Facebook page earlier this month

She wrote: 'I AM AGAINST BULLYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'

'Gone but not forgotten': Friends and family last night paid tribute to the young schoolboy

'Gone but not forgotten': Friends and family paid tribute to the young schoolboy

The school, which caters for 450 pupils aged 3-11, received an 'inadequate' rating by Ofsted inspectors last year.

Aaron had started in Year 5 recently but, according to staff, had already 'settled in quickly' with his classmates.

Family and friends have paid emotional tributes to the popular lad on Facebook.

Cousin Jack Jones wrote: 'RIP Aaron gone but not forgotten. We will always miss you.'

Many also expressed their horror at the bullying allegations.

Friend Claire Louise wrote: 'Thinking of u at this very very sad time think these schools need to fix up on friking [sic] bullies now this is getting unbelievable and out of hand now.'

Lewis Thomas said: 'All them dirty little bully’s [sic] that bullied our little friend Aaron to take his own life you just need to get a grip and hope you all rot in a hole RIP AARON WE ALL LOVE YOU xxxxxxxx'.

Tracy Wood wrote: 'rip to arron 9 year old boy who sadly taken his life cause of nasty bullys this needs to stop its disgusting that kids can be so cruel to others in this world bring your kids up right or dont have them rip Aaron god bless you little man.'

New boy: The family of Aaron Dugmore claim he was being bullied at Erdington Hall Primary School

Pupil: The family of Aaron Dugmore claim he was being bullied at Erdington Hall Primary School