According to an inquest, a boy from school who shared suicide thoughts on social media was killed by his brother when he failed to respond to his calls for tea. 

Dixon Strachan (15 years old) hanged himself at his parents’ home in Calder Vale (Lancashire), in February 2019.

Inquests that were conducted in the year concluded that the student’s accidental death, as there was no evidence that his suicide was deliberate.

Dixon’s family discovered messages on Instagram that suggested the teenager was suicidal and depressed months after the hearing.

Later, lawyers had the High Court reopen the investigation and order a new inquest. Mr Taylor overturned the narrative verdict of Dixon and substituted it with the conclusion that Dixon was suicidal. 

When Gemma Wall called her mother Gemma Wall to inform him that he hadn’t come downstairs for the evening dinner, Gemma Wall found the teenager and brought him home. He died in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool after he was taken to the hospital.

While police did check Dixon’s cell phone, they found no evidence that could have been used to link the tragedy.

Dixon Strachan, 15, had sent suicidal messages on social media and was founded hanged by his brother at his home in the leafy village of Calder Vale, Lancs., when he didn't respond to calls for his dinner

Dixon Strachan (15 years old) sent suicide messages via social media. His brother hanged Dixon Strachan at Calder Vale in Lancs. when he did not respond to phone calls regarding his dinner.

A coroner had ruled the Year 11 pupil's death as 'accidental', adding there had been 'no evidence' that he had deliberately killed himself

A coroner had ruled the Year 11 pupil’s death as ‘accidental’, adding there had been ‘no evidence’ that he had deliberately killed himself

His family claimed that there were no unusual or abnormal behaviors in the year 11 student’s behavior, noting that Archie had been with him. 

In June 2019, the inquest was the first to be held. There was no mention of evidence from a mobile phone suggesting that the teenager considered ending his life.

Dixon’s brother found Instagram messages that had “clearly shown” that Dixon had thought about taking his own lives months later.

One of his former classmates was found hanging in his back yard in January 2017 by his troubled classmate. The village has 2,148 residents and is located on the Forest of Bowland. However, their deaths are not believed to have been linked.

Now, the detective sergeant that investigated Dixon’s murder has retired.

The new Preston inquest, which ran for 30 minutes, was held this week. Mr Taylor, senior coroner in Lancashire East, did not reveal details about any Instagram messages Dixon posted in the days preceding his death.

However, he stated that police were able to use their own software to inspect the device and had to be extremely careful not to damage any. 

“They can’t be expected to find all.” Your son seemed to be able to locate everything easily. But, nothing was intentionally missed.

On the day of his death in February 2019, his family said there had been nothing 'unusual' about the Year 11 pupil's behaviour - noting he had been playing with his brother Archie

His family claimed that there were no unusual or abnormal behaviors in the year 11 student’s behavior, noting that he was playing with Archie.

Dixon was a year 11 student at Garstang Academy studying for his GGCEs. His death shocked everyone.

He was known as an “fun-loving, caring, and enthusiastic individual who made everyone smile and laugh no matter what”; he had applied for college positions in the days preceding his death.

Gemma Wall, Dixon’s mother, was told by Mr Taylor that they did not know the whole story. The High Court has agreed to open the inquest again. This case was opened for the first time on March 4, 2019, and I only briefly described his personal life.

“We were told that he was being called to the table for dinner. One of his brothers found that he was dead and called him down. Dixon had migraines, which you discussed. Talk about Dixon coming home from school on Wednesday the week before his death and not feeling well.

“You stated that he liked school and would wake up at a reasonable hour. You stated that he hadn’t shown any sign of depressive feelings. 

“On February 10, 2019, I went out to buy food for the kids. They were upstairs, playing their Xbox.

“When you returned and called him down, he didn’t come down. So you went up with his brother to locate him. Your explanation that it wasn’t suicide was convincing. I believed it to be an accident.

After his belongings were given to him by police, Zack discovered messages on Zack’s phone through Instagram. 

Year 11 pupil Dixon, who was studying for his GGCEs at Garstang Academy, had been applying for college places and his death came as a 'bolt out of the blue'

Dixon was a year 11 student at Garstang Academy studying for his GGCEs. His death shocked the world.

“These Instagram messages were found between Nov 2018 and three days prior to his passing on February 7, 2019.

“Given these circumstances, you reached out to the Coroner’s Office and they wrote you and talked to you about the matter. 

“You asked them to explain why they had not located these messages. This clearly upset you and you desired the evidence looked into.

“With the evidence that I presented at the initial inquest, I couldn’t have reached a different conclusion,” he said. It is now clear that Instagram posts containing suicidal thoughts are evidence of this.

Miss Wall, a former teacher assistant stated in a statement that she had never believed he would ever do something like this. He had never mentioned suicide or being depressed. As someone who has been there for him all his life, it would not surprise me to see something.

“But, the messages I found were a reference suicide. I haven’t read them and am not yet aware of them. 

Zack informed me that he found messages suggesting that Dixon might be depressed. It was clear that there were intentions behind the messages.

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