Boy, 14, dies in ‘playground incident’ amid claims he was being bullied

A 14-year-old schoolboy has died in a ‘playground incident’ amid claims that he was being bullied.

Bradley John was found unconscious during Wednesday’s lunch break but despite efforts of staff and emergency services later died in hospital.

Teachers at St John Lloyd Roman Catholic Comprehensive school in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire became ‘concerned for the wellbeing of a pupil’ at midday after other children raised the alarm.

They gave first aid until an ambulance, three rapid response vehicles and six police cars arrived at the scene.

Teachers and pupils broke down in tears at a special assembly when the headmaster announced that Bradley had died.

Police and education chiefs are investigating claims that the ‘kind and caring’ boy took his own life because he was being bullied.

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A heartbroken relative posted on ‘My little Brad, a little boy with an absolute heart of gold who we all loved unconditionally.

‘I hope you’re at peace now away from those horrible bullies. We love you endlessly and always will my little angel.’

His riding group – the Three Counties Bloodhounds – said Bradley was an ‘irrepressible spirit’.

A spokesman said: ‘Bradley John 14-year-old Whipper-in at the Three Counties Bloodhounds who lost his young life to bullies.

‘Rest in Peace Bradley, you will be missed.’

Another Facebook tribute from family friend Rhian Jones said: ‘There is absolutely no excuse for bullying. Bradley was such a sweet, kind hearted boy with a huge love for horses. Life and people can so so cruel sometimes.’

A pupil posted a photograph of Bradley alongside a ‘Stop Bullying’ slogan.

The school called parents of more than 20 tearful children who saw what happened for them to be immediately taken home.

One dad who lives close to the school said: ‘Children and parents were in tears when they were collected.

‘It must have been a shock for the pupils there at the time.’

Bradley’s younger sister also attends the school, which has 500 pupils aged between 11 and 16.

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Teachers and children at the school are being offered counselling to help them come to terms with the tragedy.

A woman at a nearby doctor’s surgery said: ‘I’ve been told it was a dreadful incident but no one seems to know exactly what happened.

‘Everyone is just thinking about the boy’s poor parents and sister at the moment.’

Bradley’s father Byron John has a small holding five miles from the school at Ammanford where the children had their own horses.

Mr John was Master of the Carmarthenshire Hunt until fox hunting was banned in the UK.

He now runs a legal ‘Clean Boot Hunt’ in West Wales which is recreational and cruelty free.

Rob Evans, independent councillor for the Dafen Ward of Carmarthenshire Council, said: ‘It’s a tragedy – my thoughts are with the pupils and teachers who were with him.

‘My sincere and deepest thoughts also go to the family – it’s beyond belief.’

A Dyfed-Powys spokeswoman said the investigation is continuing and it was too early to comment about alleged bullying.

A police statement said: ‘We were called to St John Lloyd Catholic Comprehensive School in Llanelli after concerns were raised for the wellbeing of a pupil.

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‘Tragically, we can confirm that the child has passed away in hospital.

‘His family has been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

‘The incident is not being treated as suspicious and there is no need for other parents to be concerned for the welfare of their children.

‘Our thoughts are with the family and the school at this sad time.

‘St John Lloyd is working with the local authority, the diocese and Dyfed-Powys Police in order to ensure pupils and staff are supported.’

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