A teenage girl was found dead in toilets at her school after complaining she was being bullied by other students, an inquest has heard.
Dagmara Przybysz’s mum Ewelina said her daughter had been having trouble with one girl in particular and on several occasions overheard comments such as ‘stupid Pole’.
The 16-year-old was pronounced dead after emergency crews desperately tried to revive her at Pool Academy in Pool, Cornwall at around 2.15pm on May 17 2016.
An inquest into her death heard the Polish-born teenager, who died as a result of hanging, had been having trouble with some girls at her school and had injured herself the day before she died by punching a wall after becoming angry because she said some girls were laughing at her.
In a statement, Dagmara’s mother, Ewelina, said her daughter, who was a “very beautiful lady”, got on better with boys. Most of her friends, including her boyfriend, went to Redruth School.
She said: “Dagmara often talked to me about her problems and she was hurt if someone said something unpleasant to her.”
Mrs Przybysz said she understood her daughter had been having a problem with one girl who had “called Dagmara names”.
“I don’t know exactly what was said,” she said.
“This incident occurred only a few days before Dagmara passed away … I don’t know whether these incidents were racist in nature; however, I can say that on several occasions she overheard comments such as ‘stupid Pole’.
“I can’t say when these comments were made. The last time was some time in the last year.”
Mrs Przybysz said on another occasion Dagmara heard a similar comment being made to another Polish or Lithuanian child and was “always trying to stand up” for the other child.
In a statement read out to the hearing, pathologist Dr Juliane Stolte, who carried out the post-mortem examination, said the cause of death was hanging.