A 12-year-old boy hanged himself after he was permanently excluded from school, an inquest heard today.
Jordan Green’s mother Heidi Green found him dead in his bedroom in Harrogate still wearing his school uniform.
His final words to her were: “Have a nice life, Mum. I feel like killing myself,” the hearing at North Yorkshire Coroners’ Court in Knaresborough was told.
Jordan had become increasingly disruptive in lessons since his grandmother died and his mother and father, Kevin Green, separated, Mrs Green told the hearing. He was pronounced dead by ambulance crews. Paramedic Simon Temple said Mrs Green told him: “He’s only 12. I didn’t take him seriously.”
A post-mortem found he died of asphyxiation after hanging from a rope.
The inquest heard that Jordan had witnessed domestic violence and became more disruptive after his gran died in 2006 and his parents split up in 2009.
“He was a very, very friendly and outgoing child,” said Mrs Green, who worked long hours and refused to claim benefits.
“We had a few issues in primary school - he started getting excluded. His behaviour wasn’t right.
“I don’t think mainstream school was right for him.”
Jordan, who enjoyed horse riding and art, was known to social services but had not tried to kill himself before and there was no evidence he was bullied, the inquest heard.
North Yorkshire Coroner Rob Turnbull said Jordan was “a young boy who clearly had problems” and got “considerable support” from his school.
He said: “It’s clear that Jordan did exhibit some behavioural problems, sometimes associated with school, but not always associated with school.”
Recording an open verdict, Mr Turnbull added: “I cannot be certain one way or another whether Jordan intended to kill himself or whether this was just a terrible accident.”