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Troubled Teenager May Not Have Intended Suicide

Wednesday August 7 2013


Ashley Banks Ashley Banks


A TROUBLED teenager found hanged in his bedroom may not have intended to kill himself, an inquest has ruled.

The body of 14-year-old Ashley Banks was found by his distraught dad in February.

Shane Banks, 35, had initially raised fears his son may have been bullied, describing Ashley as a ‘cheeky and cheerful lad’ and insisting ‘all I can put it down to is him being bullied’.

But at an inquest into the death, Det Con Matthew Gregory, who carried out a police investigation, ruled out bullying.

DC Gregory said: "There was initial concern some bullying may have gone on. We spoke to teachers and fellow pupils and various other people and concluded bullying was not an issue and had not occurred."

The inquest heard Ashley, of Coronation Road, Hoyland, a pupil at Horizon Community College, suffered attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and behavioural problems.

He had moved from Kirk Balk to Kingstone School because of bad behaviour and then went to Horizon when it replaced Kingstone.

He was regularly in trouble at school and had received a warning from South Yorkshire Police for stealing, the inquest was told.

But his behaviour improved when he took his medication correctly and he was ‘engaging’ with the Youth Offending Service at the time of his death and planning future activities, it was said.

His mother, Donna, said in a statement that Ashley kissed both his parents and told them he loved them before going to bed the night before his body was found.

The youngster had not left his room the next day, his family thought he was playing on his games console. His dad went upstairs to tell him his beloved Barnsley FC had beaten Blackpool and made the horrific discovery.

The police investigation into the death also failed to find any reason for Ashley taking his own life, and assistant deputy Coroner Louse Slater ruled out suicide.

Recording a narrative verdict she said: "There is no indication how he came to be in this position and the intention remains unclear."

Suggesting it may have a been a tragic prank, she added: "I understand ADHD leads to impulsive actions."

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Reply Posted by ANGIE on Wednesday August 7 2013 at 12:40
Bless him and I hope his family are coping as. Well as they can be with the terrible loss of their son xxx RIP little man xxx

Reply Posted by Claire on Wednesday August 7 2013 at 13:01
Intentional or not May God be with you n your family RIP Ashley

Reply Posted by Claire Fieldsend on Wednesday August 7 2013 at 13:06
Intentional or not May God be with you n your family RIP Ashley

Reply Posted by Nicki on Wednesday August 7 2013 at 13:17
At the end of the day, the circumstances are irrelevant, what matters is two people have lost a beloved child and my heart goes out to them and Ashley's family x

Reply Posted by Old Dirty Kipper on Wednesday August 7 2013 at 13:30
My thoughts go to the parents of this young lad.

Couldn't help but notice: "But his behaviour improved when he took his medication correctly..." and then he was found hung.

I just hope this isn't another case of a young lad who just needs that bit of extra help at school, or needs to be taught differently from the norm, and instead of filled full of pharmaceuticals that're messing with his head.

They advise youths to not take psychotics whilst they're still developing but won't think twice to pump them full of ritalin, or something to that degree.


I really feel sorry for this lad and moreso his family, now.

Reply Posted by rye on Wednesday August 7 2013 at 13:32
no body shuld be bullied r.i.p my heart goes out t his family

Reply Posted by Anon on Wednesday August 7 2013 at 16:41
My son was on medication from ADHD and within 3 months he was hearing voices in his head, was self harming and clinically depressed and tried to kill himself on several occassions. I immediately took him off the medication and am told there is no other alternative for his condition. Small price to pay for knowing my son is safe and alive no matter what his behaviour is like if you ask me. This could have so easily been my son as it looks like maybe his medication although controlling the initial problem may have caused other more serious problems as in my sons case? Such a sad story and my thoughts are with the poor lads family!!

Reply Posted by Beth on Wednesday August 7 2013 at 18:09
Rip Ashley, my heart goes out to your family and to Ashley, I went to his school and he was a very polite boy miss seeing him around school

Reply Posted by Katie on Wednesday August 7 2013 at 20:15
R.I.P Ashley my cuz miss you and Love you and Stacey and Jason and your dad and mum and Beth and other sis and scott
WE LOVE YOU ASHLEY ♥♥♥

Reply Posted by Gail mum of three on Wednesday August 7 2013 at 22:45
Poor little mite You are at peace now. Sending strength to the parents at this sad sad time.

Reply Posted by Jessie on Saturday August 10 2013 at 17:30
Too many children committing suicide why isn't more done to help them?my heart goes out to all the families as a mummy of 2 can't imagine what the families are going thru R.I.P x x

Reply Posted by teresa on Monday August 12 2013 at 08:29
so sad ... makes you wonder about the tablets they give him to help doesn't it how will things ever be the same for his family sleep tight young man hope its a better place for you now xxx