Bullied teen writes final message in dust before hanging himself in his bedroom

Martin Holder wrote a message on his bedroom window which read: "The darkness ahead is not what you imagine"

Mirror, 5/3/2014, UK

A bullied teenager was found hanged after writing a final message in dust on his bedroom window, an inquest heard. Martin Holder, aged 16, wrote on the glass window pane: "The darkness ahead is not what you imagine" - a message that could only be read when the sun shone into his bedroom, where he was found hanged days later.

The inquest heard how he had suffered at the hands of bullies, with his mum warning today that "bullying is a 24 hour thing now".
The hearing was told how Martin had uploaded videos onto YouTube of himself singing, but he removed the films after receiving derogatory comments.

His mum says she believes her son was the victim of "severe" bullying on and offline.
Marj Hamlett-Hughes, 42, said: “It was not just his size and his singing, they would pick up on something and see his reaction.
“He was seen as an easy target, he was a sensitive kid. “They would take his bag, throw it down the corridor or in a tree, they would take his lunch and do the same. “They’d rip his blazer too, they would pick on anything and everything as long as he gave a reaction, it was physical, mental and cyber."

Two days before Martin was found dead he left dad Colin Holder's house, but turned back to give him a cuddle. Mrs Hamlett-Hughes told the inquest: "This was out of character, almost as if he had made up his mind to end it all and wanted to give his father a final hug." She added: "Colin and I believe that Martin intended to end his life although we acknowledge he did not leave a suicide note.
"Having said that, Martin did write a message in the dust on the inside of the window of his bedroom.

"I acknowledge that Martin wrote things and songs previously which also expressed dark views and cryptic messages."
Martin, from Lynworth, Glos., was studying forensic computing at Gloucestershire College at the time of his death in November 2012.
Recording an open verdict, deputy Gloucester coroner David Dooley said: "He had a lot to put up with over his school years and developed a thick skin.

"It damaged his self esteem, although it is tenuous to say this was the cause of the death." But after Tuesday's ruling, mum Marj said the coroner was "dismissing" the bullying her son suffered, "saying that's how kids toughen up". "It wasn't like that for Martin," she said. "He was being bullied in every way." "The coroner said the bullying had stopped, that's not right, he just lost faith in the system to report it because nothing was being done."She added: "People need to know what bullying can lead to. It can lead to self harm, it can lead to suicide.

“People need to be made aware of how words can hurt, it is no the longer sticks and stones rhyme, these names can hurt.
“Bullying is a 24 hour thing now, kids can’t escape it, it needs to be stopped.” Rob Broadbridge, headteacher at Cleeve School, near Cheltenham, where Martin had previously been a pupil, said: "The school has co-operated fully with the coroner's office in providing information as they have requested in the lead up to today's inquest. "While the coroner has delivered an open conclusion today, as a school we are not complacent and recognise the need for us to continue the on-going process of review and development of the support of our students, especially given the ever changing pressures on young peoples lives."