Tom Acton
Someone Being Bullied
Male | Chesham, England   United Kingdom
Boy, 16, ‘bullied to death’ for standing up to drug dealers
Bullying Type: Physical / Emotional
Posted By: MotherTree
12/06/13 12:58 AM
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After Tom Acton told police about dealers in his town, he was subjected to beatings and cruel taunts, a court heard.

False rumours were also circulated on Facebook that the 16-year-old had raped a girl. But days before he was due to give evidence against one of his attackers, he self-harmed with a blade and was found critically ill at his home.

He died in hospital three days later.

Details of the case emerged as Thomas Greenwood, 18, was convicted of assaulting Tom.

In a statement made before his death, Tom told police Greenwood had grabbed him and said: ‘If I see you, you’re dead.’

Crewe magistrates’ court heard one of Greenwood’s friends had started the false rape rumours.

‘I can no longer walk down the street as everyone calls me a rapist,’ Tom told officers following the attack in June. ‘I wish I wasn’t here,’ he added.

In court, Greenwood denied making death threats and claimed he did not know about the false rape allegations. He will be sentenced next month.

Speaking after the trial, Tom’s mother, Gaynor, 45, accused police of not doing enough to prevent her son’s death.

‘Tom was bullied, then threatened… but it seemed the police only wanted the big boys who were importing the drugs, not the dealers on the street,’ she said.

When the rape rumours emerged their home in Poynton, Cheshire, was targeted by mobs who wanted to ‘kill’ Tom, she said, adding: ‘I want people suffering what Tom suffered to speak out.’

A Cheshire Police spokesman urged residents to tell them about drug dealing in the town so, ‘we can bring to justice those involved in illicit drugs’.

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