A 13-year-old girl hanged herself just 24 hours after she pretended to take her own life in her school toilets as part of a prank video related to a controversial Netflix series about suicide and teen angst.
Lily Mae Sharp, from Cheshire, had talked about the series 13 Reasons Why, which is about a US teenage high school girl who commits suicide, before she hanged herself at the family home, the inquest into her death heard.
The day before her death, in the toilets at Sandbach High School for Girls, she had appeared in a video and was chosen by other girls to wear a noose made of toilet roll, apparently related to the TV show, Crewe Coroner’s Court was told.
Her mother Victoria Noblet told the hearing I do wonder about that video.
She was watching a Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, where I think that does bear some similarities.
She had mentioned it a couple of times, she continued. She had her own Netflix log in.
I don’t know for sure whether she did watch it or not but I know she had been discussing it amongst her friends.
I think she asked had I seen it and I said, ‘No’.
Ms Noblet described her daughter as always happy and bubbly but the family were going through a tough time as she split from her ex-husband, whom she married when Lily was aged five.
Lily’s father, David Pearson, who had not lived with her since she was one but had regular weekly contact with his daughter, arranged a counselling session for Lily, where she talked of feeling worried and scared about the future.
Around 6.45pm on May 18 last year, Ms Noblet left the family home in Bradwall, Cheshire, leaving Lily at home to look after her younger daughter.
Between 7.24pm and 9.17pm her mother called Lily’s mobile 26 times, but the calls went unanswered.
When she returned home around midnight, she found Lily dead by hanging.
John Leigh, head teacher at Lily’s school, told the inquest Lily had never come up as being a pupil with cause for concern and though there had been speculation about bullying no one had ever provided any evidence.
However, he said he was aware of the incident in the toilets.
He said As I understand it the incident was a prank related to the TV programme Lily had been watching, or possibly some of the other girls, Thirteen Steps or something similar.
Mr Leigh said on the day Lily died, around 5pm or 6pm, there had been some unpleasantness between Lily and one or two other girls.
During a ‘Live’ Snapchat or Instagram exchange, Lily was called a slag but Mr Leigh said he did not believe it had any bearing on what followed hours later.
Teacher Rebecca Darlington said in January last year some of Lily’s friends passed on to teachers that she was expressing dark thoughts. She said her mother was informed and advised at a meeting with teachers to make an appointment with the family GP.
Lily had a session with the school counsellor on May 12, six days before her death, but said she was happy.
Alan Moore, senior coroner for Cheshire, concluded Lily had committed suicide.
He said There was no obvious pattern of troubling behaviour, no red flags appear, to alert family, friends, school to issues.
There was one or two episodes we have heard about, but not that would knit together to form a pattern to alert those who loved Lily that something was wrong.
This was an impulsive act on Lily’s part which, although deliberate, was a spur of the moment decision rather than something she had been planning for any length of time, but no less heart-breaking for her family and friends.
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