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Pupil, 10, tried to kill himself after racist taunts

Bullied at
school:
Caleb Hills
with his
mother Tyler
PICTURE: KMG/SWNS

A TEN-YEAR-OLD boy tried to take his own life after he was bullied by racists at school.

Caleb Hills, who is mixed race and has learning difficulties, was taunted for two years by pupils using the ‘n-word’ at The Orchard School in Canterbury, Kent. His mother Tyler Hills, 46, said her ‘lovely, bubbly, talkative’ boy’s personality ‘changed dramatically’.

She said the pair were told by the school’s pastoral manager Caleb ‘needed to build a resilience to racism’. Caleb grew anxious and reluctant to go to school before eventually trying to hang himself.

His mother moved him out of the school in May. The county council has agreed to pay for Caleb, who is now taking anti-depressants, to attend an independent school. The Orchard’s head teacher Annabel Lilley said staff ‘worked extensively’ to find a solution. She added: ‘Caleb was well-liked and was doing well and we are sorry he is no longer a part of our school.’