A teenager hanged himself in his bedroom after he was bullied at school because of his learning difficulties, his devastated friends claimed today.
Friends said tragic Joshua Maddox, 15, killed himself after months of cruel taunts from fellow pupils about his condition which had left him struggling at school.
Scores took to social networking sites to slam bullies who had targeted the “lovely” and “cheeky” schoolboy and accused them of driving him to his death.
Joshua was bullied at school because of his autism and teased for having a new girlfriend, his heartbroken mother said.
Michelle Maddox, 34, said that tragic Josh had been seeing his new girlfriend in the two months leading up to his death, but was ridiculed by classmates because she was younger than him.
“They were calling him a ‘paedo’ because she was two years younger and making fun of the fact that she had glasses.
“We were told about it the week before he left us but he said he wanted to deal with it himself and didn’t want me to get involved.
Friends of the Year 10 pupil known as ‘Josh’, said he had been picked on because of his ADHD.