Cameron Warick, aged 16, was found dead in Fort Fareham Woods on September 4 last year after he didn’t turn up to college that day.
The teenager, from Fareham, Hampshire, reportedly had autism and struggled with depression, and he had come out as gay aged 12. His mom, though, said that his coming out led to him being bullied at school.
His heartbroken mom, Kerry Warwick, claims that other students even threw food at him during lunch breaks, and it led to him harming himself as he struggled to cope with all the bullying.
Coroner Jason Pegg recorded a verdict of suicide at Portsmouth Coroner’s Court and said that Cameron had a background of autism, which resulted in bullying, and not only did he take his own life, but he intended to do so.
The inquest heard that Cameron also saw the breakdown of his online relationship with another teen, Christopher Robertson, 18, and Christopher told the hearing that he believes Cameron was relentlessly bullied at school by other students for coming out as gay.
A schoolfriend of Cameron said that the teen didn’t keep his mental health a secret, and he would talk about his problems.
Cameron wanted to enroll in a gaming course at college, but he failed to get the GCSE grades and he instead went to study Computer Design.
His mom told the hearing that the teen’s mood didn’t improve during the school holiday, and even though she tried to comfort him, he was very sorry that he didn’t get into gaming course.
Shortly after starting at Fareham College, the teen failed to turn up for lessons, and he was later discovered hanging in Fort Fareham Woods, near the town, on September 4 last year.
Mrs. Warwick said that fellow students at Fareham Academy had tormented Cameron over the years for being gay, and the bullies would prey on the fact that he was autistic and gay.
The mom said that Cameron was a talented artist and his art was based on “furries”, animals in humanoid form. However, a number of his pieces also depicted suicide, and Mrs. Warick said that he had made a previous attempt to take his own life in 2017.
Paying tribute to their beloved son, Mrs. Warick and his father Alan Warick said in a statement:
“Cameron was a much-loved, gentle and kind young man.
His illnesses made it impossible for him to continue to live in a world which he did not understand, and one which made little effort to understand him.
We miss him with all of our hearts, and would urge others to be compassionate to other people’s vulnerabilities, or to share their own and seek help to avoid other such tragedies.”