Polish teen found hanged in school toilets 'suffered racist abuse from pupils'

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 17, 2017

She had previously been told she "did not belong here".

Dagmara, whose body was found in a cubicle in the maths department, was praised as a attractive, happy and popular girl who had a very bright future.

Speaking at the inquest, Dagmara's mother Ewelina said her daughter had complained about a group of girls bullying her at school and that she was aware of other foreign children having similar problems.

Lewis said he didn't know how much of the ill-feeling towards Dagmara was related to racism or jealousy because she was good looking.

'I did not know what they said on this occasion but it was just a few days before Dagmara passed away. "I don't know whether these incidents were racist in nature".

Mr Dobek said Dagmara, who wanted to attend Truro College to study photography, phoned him the following morning at around 6.20am while he was at the fish factory where he and both of her parents worked nights. "She said ... it was not a problem anymore", Przybysz told the inquest.

Answering questions from Dr Carlyon and Mr Collins, Lewis said Dagmara told him that other pupils made racist comments to her such as "go back to your own country" and he said: "I think it got to her a little bit". A postmortem found she died as a result of hanging.

Dagmara's father, Jedrzej, said: "She said she had problems at school which I would not understand".

She told her parents she had "big problems" at school but didn't tell them any more. "She told me she would have comments such as "stupid Pole".

'Dagmara wrote "racism". She commented she did not like it when someone was nasty behind her back'.

He said Dagmara did not look like a "person who had taken any tablets" and did not smell of alcohol so he sent her to schoo, sa said they would have a "serious conversation" about her problems when she returned.

The inquest also heard about an incident in a PE lesson that left Dagmara very upset the day before she died.

'She punched a wall so she could get away from these girls and the school, ' said Mrs Przybysz.

He said she was crying and saying she had taken some tablets, and that she was at her boyfriend's grandmother's house.

Lewis said there were false rumours on social media that evening they were going to split up.

Mrs Przybysz said she understood her daughter had been having a problem with one girl who had "called Dagmara names".

"She said her tutor was there and did not speak up for her". She told me when year 10 girls said she "did not belong here".

Cornwall Coroner's Court, sitting in Truro, also heard that Dagmara told her uncle Tomasz Dobek she had taken tablets the following day. "It was me and my wife who did not want to agree to such a move as we continued to think the school she was now a pupil in was the better school".

He said: "She asked us to move her to Redruth School".

Przybysz said his daughter had made many friends at primary school since coming to the United Kingdom in February 2009 but had not settled at secondary school and asked to move.

The inquest, which is expected to last three days, continues.

In the United Kingdom, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the USA, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14.

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