Boy Found Hanged After Being Sent To Tidy His Room

A grieving mother has told how she discovered her 12-year-old son hanging after an argument about tidying his room. Wendy Thomas found Aidan hanging from his bedpost by his school tie. She tried desperately to save his life but he died in hospital the next morning.

Speaking for the first time about the horrific events last Thursday which robbed them of their son, Mrs Thomas and her husband Philip paid tribute to the boy.  Mrs Thomas, from Leeds, said: “Aidan was a little chatterbox – he was fun, exciting and a real jack the lad.”

Her husband added: “He was a daddy’s boy from day one, copying my every move but always doing it better than I could. He would come with me to play football with adults and still manage to score seven goals past them. “He was everything I could ever have wished him to be and more.”

As the inquest into the youngster opened, Leeds Coroner’s Court was told how the spiky-haired youngster returned home from school on March 15 and was asked to tidy his bedroom. He argued with his mother, then went upstairs. He was later found hanging from a bedpost. Early reports suggested he was being bullied at school.

Paramedics were called at 5.25pm and Aidan was admitted to intensive care at St James’s Hospital in Leeds. He died early the next day from injuries a pathologist said were consistent with hanging.

The devastated parents added in a statement: “His life was short and he lived it at 100mph. We cherish every second we shared with him. We are not bitter, just bitterly disappointed that something so tragic has robbed us of the little boy he was and the man that he could have been. He could have achieved so much. We have been overwhelmed by the support of our family, friends and even people that we don’t know but we ask that people mourn peacefully. We don’t know what happened to Aidan but we know that no one is to blame.”

As well as being a promising footballer – he had trials with Leeds United – Aidan won a creative writing competition at the age of nine. His parents have released the winning poem, called Sunshine Morning, in which he wrote: “Sunshine sun shining around town/ No rain, no rainbow, no gold to be found/ My life is boiling, melting to the ground”. He also designed the picture for the month of July in last year’s prestigious Walker Morris Calendar of children’s art.

The bright youngster was a pupil at Temple Moor High school in Halton, Leeds. He had two brothers – Kieran, six, and Callum, three, and a sister Stephanie, 14. Last week a spokesman for Aidan’s school said the school was not aware of any reports of bullying involving the child.

The full inquest will be held later.