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Mum Backs Barnsley Gay Pride's Message

Friday September 6 2013

Steven Simpson Steven Simpson

THE mum of a teenager who was set on fire at his 18th birthday party has backed anti-bullying messages from Barnsley Gay Pride.

Organisers of the event were given special permission to dedicate it to Steven Simpson, who was from Cudworth, by his mum Bernadette. She was a guest of honour at the event on September 1.

"There was a police officer who spoke and asked people no matter what their colour or creed to always come forward and tell the police about bullying," she said. "That was a good message."

Barnsley College student Steven died after sustaining significant burns last June. Jordan Sheard, 20, of Darfield Road, Cudworth, was jailed for three-and-a-half years for manslaughter.

Prosecutors claimed Steven, who had Asperger's Syndrome and learning difficulties, was targeted due to his disability and sexuality and protesters later said the sentence was not tough enough.

Bernadette said this week: "The media attention has been exhausting and nerve-wracking - I have been on TV and in magazines - and Darren (her partner) and I are looking at going on a seaside break in October."

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Reply Posted by janeix89 on Tuesday September 10 2013 at 12:48
My most sincere condolences to all the family and friends of Steven.

Reply Posted by jackie on Tuesday September 10 2013 at 23:34
so sorry for ur loss so young, my heart goes out to family and friends x

Reply Posted by Hannah Wassell on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 10:21
3 & a half years?? WTF! Bastard needs a bullet!! So sorry for your loss :'( xx

Reply Posted by laura stanish on Saturday September 14 2013 at 20:09
3.5 years is discusting it should be life! so sorry for your loss thoughts with the family..

Reply Posted by Lucy bostwick on Monday September 16 2013 at 22:07
He was a lovely lad! And jordan should get so much more than 3& a half years it's a joke! Manslaughter you should get life!