Teen was beaten and bullied before suicide

Deputy NSW Coroner Malcolm MacPherson said his examination of the circumstances surrounding 14-year-old Alex Wildman's death on July 25, 2008 could prove to be harrowing.
Described by counsel assisting the coroner Peter Hamill, SC, as 'a highly intelligent and sensitive young man', the Kadina High School student took his life after intense bullying by peers. 
Before moving to a new school near his mother's Lismore home in a bid to escape it, the inquest was told Wildman had also been bullied at Sydney high schools.
The inquest will also examine what responsibilities teachers had regarding cyber-bullying and assaults  outside school hours, what training they were given to cope with these issues, and the interaction teachers had with police in reporting assaults on students on and out of school grounds.
The inquest opened in Ballina today and is expected to continue for the rest of the week.


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