THE devastated parents of a teenager who took his own life have told how their son was tormented by bullies on social media.
Sam Abel jumped from the roof of a carpark after enduring years of bullying about his good grades — including name calling, pranks and physical abuse before being bombarded with spiteful Snapchat and Facebook messages.
Before his death in Worcester on January 8, the Tudor Grange Academy pupil, 14, told close friends: ‘I want to die, to prove a point.’ A coroner recorded a verdict of suicide last week.
Sam’s father Mark said: ‘Snapchat messages only last seconds but when you’re getting those messages constantly the seconds add up and they broke him in the end.’
Mr Abel said the harassment developed into cyber bullying. ‘We will never know how serious those messages were because the police cannot get access due to encryption.’ He added: ‘It obviously got that bad it pushed him over the edge. He had no escape from them because it wasn’t just at school anymore.’
Sam was also a carer for his father after Mr Abel, who was in the armed forces, lost his sight six years ago. Mr Abel said: ‘If we went anywhere, he was my eyes. We did a lot of charity work together.’
The pair met Prince Harry when Mr Abel competed in the Invictus games last May. Mr Abel said: ‘Sam was thrilled to meet a prince and it was great to see him happy. Harry just chatted about my background and was so down to earth.’
Sam’s mum Anita said: ‘He had such big plans for the future. Because he was doing so well we assumed things were fine. He loved school and loved learning. He just hated the people there.’