Boy killed himself after years of bullying, inquest hears

Ayden Keenan-Olson, 14, researched suicide online and left notes outlining homophobic and racist abuse he faced at school.

Ayden Keenan-Olson

An inquest has heard that a teenager researched suicide online before taking his own life after years of bullying.

Ayden Keenan-Olson, 14, was found dead in his bed by his father, Tim Olson, at the family home in Colchester, Essex, at 7.20am on 14 March. He had taken an overdose of prescription drugs and left two suicide notes outlining the homophobic and racist bullying he had experienced at Philip Morant school, an inquest in Chelmsford heard.

Ayden’s mother, Shy Keenan, an author and prominent child abuse campaigner, said he had been “bullied to death”. A police investigation found that in the month leading up to his death Ayden had bypassed settings on his computer to research suicide methods on the internet.

Keenan told the inquest: “My job is to protect kids online but I could not keep my own son safe.”

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