VIDEO: Blackheath 15-year-old posted 'bully' video two months before death in Woolwich home (From News Shopper)
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VIDEO: Blackheath 15-year-old posted 'bully' video two months before death in Woolwich home
A 15-YEAR-OLD Woolwich schoolgirl who died suddenly on Friday had recently posted a video giving advice to bully victims.
Dancer Sinead Taylor revealed she had previously been driven to self-harming and gave tips to others on how to cope with bullies in an agony-aunt-style video posted two months ago.
The pupil, who transferred to Blackheath's Corelli College to escape the bullying, says the abuse stopped two years ago and ends the video on an upbeat note about her future dance career.
Sinead says she was targeted by bullies for her tomboy appearance throughout primary school and during the first two years of secondary school.
Speaking on the video, she said: “I was bullied for a long time.
“It all got to me at some point and I did self-harming.
"And then it all stopped – I decided to change.”
She added: “And the self-harming doesn’t help it just makes it worse, committing suicide makes it worse.
"Doing anything to harm yourself is worse and I’ve noticed that.
“And now if I get upset, I just shut it all down. Shut the phone down, shut my laptop down and just cry.
“It might not be the same for you but it worked for me. And if it doesn’t work, you’ve just got to stand up to them.
“I hope that helps you because it did help me.”
Police say they are not treating Sinead's death as suspicious.
Online tributes have continued to pour in for the teenager with one Facebook page entitled: “This beautiful talented girl got taken away from us unexpectedly, but heaven has gained another perfect angel”.
Family member Niall Baker posted: "As you may be aware we have suffered a huge loss of a family member, Sinead Taylor.
"Sinead’s family and friends at this time are trying to deal with the shock of her death."
He went on to thank friends and family for their support and asked for privacy.
A Met Police spokesman said: "Police were called by London Ambulance Service on Friday (Aug 23) at 5.44pm to an address in Woolwich where a 15-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene.
"The death is being treated as non-suspicious."
A Greenwich Council spokesman said: “We are respecting the family’s wishes not to comment at this point.”
Did you know Sinead? You can post tributes in her memory below or call the newsdesk on 01689 885703.
Anyone affected by issues such as bullying can gain confidential advice and support by calling the Samaritans on 08457 909090 or by emailing email@example.com
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