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Tragic diary of teen who stepped in front of a train details horror bullying
February 14, 2021
A teenage girl who took her own life after stepping in front of a train kept a secret diary about the bullying she suffered at school, an inquest heard.
Uma Gupta, 14, left a friend’s party upset and told them she wanted to "kill herself" before she walked to East Disbury Railway Station on March 2, 2019.
An inquest at Manchester Coroners Court heard Uma told people her mum was going to pick her up but instead she walked to the train station and was hit at around 10pm.
Her distraught family discovered a secret diary she kept about her time at Parrs Wood High and the bullying she faced there.
She made several entries expressing her unhappiness and desire to take her own life throughout the journey and in one, dated October 10 2018, she urged people to not be "upset" and to imagine she never existed.
The entry read: "Don't be upset. I wasn't happy and things weren't going to change.
"Just imagine I was never here.
"I love my family and friends. I planned this for ages."
In a statement, her family told the court Uma didn't struggle to make friends and "loved life and will be missed by everyone," Manchester Evening News reported.
"Uma was always the life and soul of the party and didn’t struggle to make friends," they said.
"She loved life and will be missed by everyone. She lit up a room whenever she walked in. The family home is not the same since she died. It's very quiet."
On the night Uma died, her parents told her "how beautiful she looked" and said she "seemed happy."
The girl's mood reportedly changed at the party when she began sobbing in the kitchen and bathroom saying she didn't "want to be here."
Paul Heron, head of learning at Parrs Wood, said the school had been aware of the bullying and had taken several steps to tackle it, included the exclusion of the bully.
He added: "Nothing was reported. It didn't seem like anything was wrong."
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The school's headteacher, Mark McElwee, described Uma's death as "very upsetting for the whole school community."
Following her death, a number of measures have been introduced to tackle bullying including mental health champions and a confidential bullying line.
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.