Schoolgirl, 14, found hanged after father confiscated her phone
Jade Stringer, of Bury, was unhappy at being told to hand over the phoneIt was despite fears schoolgirl might get abusive text messages from a boyFather later offered to give her the phone if he could check her messagesShe refused to hand over charger and was found hanged 30 minutes later
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However, last summer she accused a boy of assaulting her, and her mobile phone was seized by police in an attempt to stop him contacting her.
Mr Stringer said that when it was returned last June, he and Jade’s mother told her that ‘she could have her phone back on the condition that we could check it to see that the lad hadn’t sent her any abusive messages’.
He added: ‘I asked her for the charger but she was in a sulk and said she didn’t want me to switch it on.
‘It was a stand-off and she was sulking in her bedroom. I left her to cool off and later went upstairs to see if she was still sulking, and that’s when I found her.’
Education: The teenager, who lived with her father at the time of her death, excelled as a Haslingden High School (pictured) pupil, performing as a cheerleader and as speaker for the school book club
Jade died at Manchester Children’s Hospital on June 16 with her family by her side.
Mr Stringer told the inquest that until then he had regarded his daughter as ‘behaving like a normal teenager’.
Recording a verdict of death by misadventure, assistant deputy coroner Lisa Hashmi said there had been no major cause for concern before the ‘disagreement’ over the mobile phone.
She said she could not be sure that Jade’s actions weren’t ‘simply another cry for help or call for attention’, and concluded: ‘I cannot be satisfied that she intended to take her own life.’
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