Autistic Boy's Suicide Highlights Bullying in England
Gareth Oates, an 18-year-old boy with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) died by apparent suicide in Bradford, England, highlighting what local officials say is a national bullying problem and a failure of mental health services to rise to the challenge.
Bradford Coroner Paul Marks said the case represents a gap in services between kids under age 16 and young adults over 18. Those in the middle are left without much support if they are being bullied or abused because of their disability. Oates was allegedly bullied repeatedly and called "suicide boy" by peers at his school.
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