December 13, 2013
A girl of 14 killed herself after she was bullied at school for wearing long skirts and dreaming of going to Oxford University.
Izzy Dix suffered years of cruel taunts and insults, her mother told an inquest.
Gabbi Dix said bullies had made Izzy’s life ‘hell’ because she was academically ambitious, achieved an A* in English, and refused to wear short skirts like other girls.
Miss Dix, 46, found her daughter slumped in her bedroom on September 17 after the girl hanged herself. Miss Dix and her daughter had lived in Australia for several years before moving to Devon, where Izzy attended Brixham Community College – where she was also bullied about her accent.
The mother said in a statement: ‘Izzy was bullied the moment she started at the school. She continued to be bullied in and out of school by both boys and girls.
Izzy said she felt there was nowhere to go at break time and she said she thought she would have the mickey taken out of her if she went to student support.’ She said her daughter was ‘picked on for everything she did’.
The inquest heard Izzy sent a text message to her mother on the day of her death asking if they could have a long chat when she got home from school.
They talked and hugged but later in the night Izzy became upset, swore at her mother, and went to her room to listen to music.
Miss Dix added: ‘She said one particular person had made her life hell in a lesson and it wasn’t noticed by the supply teacher in the class.
‘I tried to reassure her that it would get better and I gave her a hug.’