A seven-year-old boy being relentlessly bullied at school wrote a heartbreaking suicide note and left it for his Year Two teacher.
Just weeks before the schoolboy was beaten for 10 minutes by a classmate in the playground after long being a target of bullies.
Jack was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at a young age and had been struggling with ongoing taunts and cruelty, according to his mum Kristy Sturgess.
At first his schoolmates called him ‘crazy’ and teased him.
But, the bullying became physical and extremely violent when he began Year 2.
The bullying got so bad he wrote ‘God, please take me’, the in his neatest handwriting.
Mum Kristy told the Daily Mail that by the time he was six or seven he would return home from school in tears.
She said: "Jack was physically hit and kicked in the playground for nearly 10 minutes, and was stabbed with a plastic fork in the back.
"I remember getting to pick Jack up (that day), and he was limping and holding his shoulder, in tears.
"He had bruises on his legs, and a fork mark in his shoulder. I just broke down in tears."
At home, he wrote on his pillow in a felt-tip pen: "I don’t want to be alive".
When he returned to school a few weeks later, he left the suicide note for his teacher.
But over the next few months Jack’s mum worked with him to improve his confidence, bringing in support from external counsellors and programs, including art therapy.
Mum Kristy owns a clothing manufacturing business and the pair decided to turn some of Jack’s favourite artworks into t-shirts, and sell them online to help raise money for Kid’s Helpline.
Ms Sturgess said supporting the children’s organisation, which offers counselling over the phone or online 24 hours a day, was a way to help people like her son.
She said: "We’ve been able to give Jack a lot of support so he has some strategies for managing the hard things life throws at him.
"But it really upsets me when I hear about children who’ve reached a stage where they take their lives.
“I want us to be able to reach those kids before they get to that stage. I want kids and their families to know about Kids Helpline.”
Quoted on the JackWilkinsonKids website, Jack said: "It makes me better when I talk to someone. And when I know they’re doing something about the bad things, it makes me feel safe.
"Now, I feel pretty good. But other people are going through the same things as I did and having a hard time. It would be nice for them to be able to talk to Kids Helpline.
"It would be nice they’d have a friend and wouldn’t be as sad or scared."
If you would like confidential support on an emotional issue, call Samaritans on 116 123 at any time.
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