Boy found hanged at home 'was beaten up at school hours before his death'

Boy found hanged at home 'was beaten up at school hours before his death'
Published: 2016 October 06 08:38:55 (4835 Views)
Police investigating the death of an 11-year-old who was found hanged are now looking into claims he was beaten up in the playground just hours before his death.

Asad Khan was found in his bedroom at home on Wednesday at 4pm by his mother, Farheen Jan, after telling her he wanted to move schools, it was reported locally.

Now detectives examining the reasons for Asad's death are sorting through information provided by the public following the incident.

Among the new evidence is a claim that he was assaulted by a group of older boys at his school, Beckfoot Upper Heaton in Bradford, West Yorkshire, on Wednesday lunchtime.

Asama Javed's nephew attended the same school and she has spoken out about how he witnessed Asad being bullied on the day of his death.

Mrs Javed said: 'My nephew said he saw some sixth formers hitting Asad in the playground at lunchtime.

'He told a teacher who said they would be dealt with on Friday.'

Mrs Javed also said she has seen a video purporting to show some boys telling Asad to lie down before encouraging other youngsters to jump on him.

Mrs Javed, a governor at a local primary school, added: 'I have been to see Asad's mother and she is in complete and utter shock. She is not eating or talking – it's horrific.'



Detective Inspector Alan Flynn, of Bradford District CID, who is leading the investigation, said police have received a large amount of information from the public which would take time to process.

Detective Flynn said: 'There is a lot of ongoing work to clarify what was going on in this young lad's life prior to his death.

'We are looking for information from the community and we are setting up a specialist email address for the public so they can provide any information or evidence, including visual, that could assist us in understanding what has occurred.'

He added: 'Clearly we are receiving reports that there may have been a bullying issue – I cannot corroborate that.

'If we receive information that he was being bullied, we will look into that.

'Bullying is not a criminal offence. But if there is criminal behaviour, like assault, we will look at it.'

'There is nothing suspicious in the tragic death itself. Clearly we are trying to establish what he was feeling and what was going on in his life before he died, for the sake of his family and the coroner.'

A petition has been set-up in Asad's name called Bite Bullying in the Bud and is calling for lessons about the damage bullying can cause to be part of the curriculum.

It has received more than 15,000 signatures.



Source - Metro

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