Father of ‘gay rumours’ suicide boy to speak at anti-bullying conference

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The father of a 15-year-old boy who jumped to his death is to speak at a conference on homophobic bullying.

Roger Crouch, whose son Dominic died last May, will join television presenter Gok Wan in addressing the Stonewall Education Conference on July 1st.

Dominic, a pupil at St Edwards School in Cheltenham, threw himself from a six-storey block of flats after returning from a school trip.

An inquest in April heard that pupils played spin the bottle on the four-day art trip and there were rumours that Dominic had kissed a boy.

Mr Crouch told the inquest that his son, who was straight, had not complained of bullying but warned afterwards that schools needed to be alert to signs of problems.

He told the Gloucestershire Echo: “I shall be telling the story of how and why our amazing son died, the lessons that need to be learned and what needs to change so no more lives are lost.”

The conference, to be held at the British Library, will announce the winner of the first Stonewall Education Equality Index, which commends good policy on sexual orientation issues in schools