Bullying claims after death of tragic Josh (15)
Published: 18 Oct 2012 13:000 comments
Police say Joshua Gallagher, a pupil at the Erne Integrated College, was found dead in his home in Carran Mews shortly after 6pm on Monday evening.
The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.
Yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) a PSNI spokesperson confirmed that a post-mortem examination was being carried out on the the teenager's body. It won't be until after the police release Joshua's body back to his family that his funeral can be arranged.
Police say they are investigating postings on social media sites by number of Joshua's friends which would suggest that he was being bullied.
Over two and a half thousand people have signed up to a special tribute Facebook page set up to remember the young boy.
Kay Jones who said she had known the schoolboy from when he was a baby, wrote: "No one deserves the treatment you have received at the hands and big mouths of these cowards but rest assured they will have to answer for their bullying to only one person."
Shania Humes said pupils, including herself, have been left "silent and emotional".
"Who knew that one boy who was being bullied and no one noticed would make a huge impact on everyone. I know it seemed like no one was there but if you'd have just told someone it would have been OK."
Aisling Maguire wrote: "I miss your warm smile and hello in the corridors of school. You were such a nice guy, our whole school is completely devastated and in complete shock."
Desiree Fleming wrote: "You were a credit to your family and my heart goes out to them. Can't write on here what I feel about those who hurt you so much."
Mandy Haskins wrote: "You are at peace now and I hope and pray the people responsible for making you feel the way you did are dealt with so this wont happen again."
Ryan Morrison tweeted: "At some stage tomorrow everyone should take a quiet minute and reflect on the life of Josh Gallagher. Another innocent victim of bullying."
Kyle Coalter tweeted: "You'll never be forgotten Josh Gallagher! Hard to believe we were with each other the other day."
It is understood that Joshua, who was actively involved in St. John's Ambulance and the Lakeland Players, had spoken openly to friends in the past about being bullied.
The principal of Erne Integrated College, Mr David Rees, paid tribute to Joshua yesterday and extended his deepest sympathy to his family on behalf of pupils, staff and Board of Governors.
He said: "Josh was a highly valued Year 12 student who was well regarded by students and staff alike. He contributed positively to many aspects of school life. He will be sorely missed by the whole school community.
"The family has asked for privacy at this very difficult time. We are respecting their wishes and will not be releasing any further details to let the family come to terms with their loss," he said.
Meanwhile, police in Fermanagh are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.
"The death of Joshua Gallagher is, first and foremost, a tragedy for his family and friends. Police are carrying out an investigation for the coroner. As part of that, we have spoken to school staff and to some of his friends.
"We are aware of the comments that have been made on some social networking sites. We would encourage anyone who has information that could help the investigation to contact us," said a spokesperson.
NEED HELP? If you need to talk to someone then you are not alone because help is at hand. Pick up a phone and contact Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 (available 24 hours a day) or visit: www.contactyouth.org.
Commentscomments powered by Disqus
Get more stories from our Roundup section
20 Apr 2014 19:00
Clogher Valley coach David Black has vowed to make up for their All Ireland Junior Cup Final defeat by winning the Ulster Towns’ Cup for their supporters when they take on Donaghadee at Ravenhill on Easter Monday.
20 Apr 2014 15:00 • Julie Kenwell
THE family of Bellanaleck toddler, Alfie Keys are nervously looking ahead to this September.
20 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department
Extreme risks have been identified by the Western Trust which could “compromise client safety” or even lead to “injury or death of patients or staff”.
20 Apr 2014 09:00 • Editorial Department
Tempo Primary’s long serving caretaker - whose family has a long connection with the Fermanagh school - was paid a warm tribute at the start of the school’s Easter Holidays.
19 Apr 2014 21:00 • Brian Donaldson
The countdown to the first election for seats on the new Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on May 22 has begun with the first candidates nominating at Enniskillen Townhall this week.
19 Apr 2014 17:10
Ballinamallard took another step closer to safety as they claimed a share of the spoils at home to Ballymena today.
19 Apr 2014 15:00 • Meadhbh Monahan
Founder of Frack Free Sussex and Britain and Ireland Frack Free, Vanessa Vine visited Enniskillen last Saturday to discuss the local anti-fracking campaign.
19 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department
A boxing champion shied away from a fight with a man over twice his age only to become embroiled in a road rage incident.
19 Apr 2014 11:00 • Editorial Department
The forty-eight former Fivemiletown milk suppliers have been assured that Fivemiletown and Brookeborough Co-operative and Agricultural Dairy Society (the Society) is debt free and that they will “continue to be paid”.
19 Apr 2014 09:00 • Rodney Edwards
ULSTER Unionist MLA Tom Elliott has joined his party colleagues in voting against the Local Government Bill, the legislation that sets out the powers of the new Super Councils. Mr. Elliott spoke of his concern around community planning ahead of the amalgamation which will see 26 Councils merge into 11, including the amalgamation of Fermanagh District Council and Omagh District Council
19 Apr 2014 08:30
Police can confirm that a male motorcyclist has died following a two vehicle road traffic collision on the Belfast Road in Fivemiletown last night, Friday 18 April.
18 Apr 2014 22:00 • Rodney Edwards
A MAJOR survey into the Orange Order in Fermanagh has found that 92.8 per cent of people who took part in the project believe Catholics are “suspicious” of the organisation.
18 Apr 2014 19:00
By 5pm on Saturday April 26 all the decisions will be made in the Danske Bank Premiership and Championship One. The destination of the title will be decided and who is going down or which teams are facing a play off will be known.
18 Apr 2014 17:00 • Rodney Edwards
ENTERPRISE Minister Arlene Foster says she cannot support the view of local political representatives, including her DUP colleague Maurice Morrow, that the Aventas Group in Derrylin must remain exclusively locally owned.
18 Apr 2014 15:00 • Editorial Department
Charlie Lawson @charlie_lawson1 I’m reliably informed that my alter ego and constant companion is to return, so he is. Must contact The Home Secretary to confirm.
18 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department
“I am not powerless, I will fight this,” declares Stormont Minister Arlene Foster as she reflects on the fall-out over the proposal by the Western Education and Library Board to amalgamate Portora Royal School with Collegiate Grammar School.
18 Apr 2014 11:00 • Lily Dane
This image “Miss Derryclavin” Selected was featured in The Impartial Reporter on April 16, 1964.
18 Apr 2014 08:30
MOURNERS at the funeral of Brookeborough man Kenneth Andrews who died unexpectedly last week were told that the 47-year-old had been fighting a private battle with depression.
17 Apr 2014 18:06 • Rodney Edwards
A would-be politician seeking a seat in the new Fermanagh and Omagh Council for the Ulster Unionist Party has defended himself for a second time following comments he made on Facebook.