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Son’s death may have been ‘cry for help’

THE MOTHER of a 14-year-old boy who took his own life at Pembroke School in 2013 says she believes her son’s actions may have been a ‘cry for help’.

Derek Brundrett was found near the reception of the school on December 12, 2013, however his mother, Kristina Wray, has told an inquest she believes he thought he would be found before he died.

The location where he died was ‘yards’ from the reception and where Derek and his friends used to meet to smoke during breaks.

Ms Wray said that on the day of his death has had been removed from his science class, which resulted him being able to ‘roam the school’ for more than an hour before he was found at 1:30pm.

The Coroner’s Court in Haverfordwest was also told that Derek has previously threatened to commit suicide.

In the 18 months leading up to his death, Derek’s behaviour had become problematic and his mother took him to a GP.

She said she was concerned about his mental health.

Describing her son’s behaviour, Ms Wray said: “He was angry and very aggressive and didn’t like authority figures.

“He seemed like a happy-go-lucky child but behind closed doors he would react angrily, throwing plates and having temper tantrums.”

He was taken into foster care and removed from school due to behavioural issues.

The inquest continues.