A 16-year-old boy who had been bullied so much that he tried to kill himself has died from his injuries.
Two years ago, Dakoda-Lee Stainer tried to end his own life. Bullies at his Kempsey school had tormented him mercilessly for months, and on this particular day he had been accosted by a gang of teens.
He survived the suicide attempt, however was clinically dead for 30 minutes.
Dakoda-Lee suffered irreversible damage to his windpipe and was left terminally ill with severe brain damage. He was unable to speak or walk and had to eat through a tube in his stomach.
The high school student was raised in Toowoomba but moved to northern NSW in 2007.
His mother, Tess Nelson told the Toowoomba Chronicle in November: "We live every day as we can and we help him as much as we can.
"If his windpipe collapses it might be his last breath."
On Valentine’s Day this year, Dakoda-Lee passed away in Caboolture Hospital.
Ever since his tragic accident, his mother, has been campaigning to give a voice to her son who had lost his own.
The Facebook group ‘See justice done for Dakoda-lee Stainer’ says “Please join my group and we can speak for him. justice must be done, criminal charges laid and compensation given. And maybe together we can help make a change.”
According to News Limited, Dakoda-Lee’s stepfather Bill Kelly, is suing the NSW Department of Education and Communities for damages. The family claims it breached its duty of care.
On Friday 16 March 2012 schools throughout Australia will join together to celebrate the annual National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. For more information, visit Bullying No Way
If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline 13 11 14, Mensline 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline 1800 551 800. Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, helping young people aged 12 to 25