13-year-old girl killed herself after a row with her mum


by Emma Dodds |
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13-year-old Chloe Morris from Bristol was found dead in her room by her stepfather just hours after having a blazing row with her mum.

A tragedy has broken the hearts of a community after a popular schoolgirl took her own life following a fall out with her mum.

Even though she had shown no signs of mental health issues whatsoever, Chloe Morris, 13, hanged herself in her room whilst on half term from school after an argument with her mum, Alison Alford.

The teenager was described by her school headteacher, Keziah Featherstone, as being "an incredibly lovely student".

The day after her death, Ms Featherstone, headteacher at Bridge Learning Campus, told the Bristol Post: "She was popular, achieving highly, continually receiving awards and recognitions for her effort and hard work at school.

"I can see her now, surrounded by friends at lunch time, her blazer adorned with the badges of achievement she was so proud of, smiling and laughing.

"She was a brilliant role model for all those at the school. This will have a devastating effect on the whole community and we are now working tirelessly to ensure we do all we can to support those at our school and in the wider community."

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An inquest into her death showed that she was found by her stepfather Anthony on 30 May, and her mother immediately freed her as they both performed CPR to try and save her life.

Devastatingly, despite the best efforts of her family and paramedics who arrived on the scene, they couldn't save her.

A report conducted by Dr Saras Hosdurga revealing that she had not shown any signs of mental health issues was also backed up by her GP - but it did say that she'd had a "minor argument" with her mum that afternoon.

Detective Sergeant Matthew Brain described Chloe's motive for suicide as "unclear", and senior coroner for Avon Maria Voisin said: "Chloe died as a consequence of her own actions but her intentions are unknown."

Ms. Featherstone's also wrote a moving tribute to the year eight pupil in a newsletter.

She wrote: "We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to Chloe's family and friends at this very sad time.

"She was a very popular girl with close friends and was an excellent student making great progress. We would chat at lunch time, she won awards, she had amassed an incredible amount of VIVOs and she was always with her friends, happy and laughing.

"The school will miss her, and I shall miss her a great deal."

Our thoughts are with Chloe's family at this difficult time.

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