Tragedy of Sheffield girl found hanged after boys row

A picture of student Robyn Watson lays amongst the tributes and flowers  left in her memory at the reception area of Newfields School, Sheffield
A picture of student Robyn Watson lays amongst the tributes and flowers left in her memory at the reception area of Newfields School, Sheffield
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A SCHOOLGIRL found hanged at home in Sheffield had argued with her mum about being alone in the house with a boy, a Sheffield inquest heard.

Robyn Watson, aged 15, was told off by mum Lisa who asked the boy to leave, then sent her daughter to her room.

Lisa went upstairs afterwards and spent 10 minutes chatting to Robyn - but later the same evening found her daughter hanging.

Mrs Watson and her partner John Hedley tried to revive Robyn but she never regained consciousness, and died from brain swelling four days later in hospital. A note was found in her room.

Recording a verdict Robyn took her own life, assistant deputy coroner Louise Slater said: “This is a very sad inquest and very tragic circumstances.”

The inquest heard Robyn had invited the boy home after being ‘upset and scared’ when another boy touched her leg in a local park.

Mum-of-two Mrs Watson, of Olive Grove Road, Heeley, said in a statement: “We argued - obviously I was concerned for her.

“I was also concerned she had gone from one bad situation in the park to another, bringing a boy into the house and being alone with him.”

Robyn had been bullied at Newfield School, the court heard, including false claims she was pregnant - but after they were reported to the school the bullying stopped. Lisa said: “At school she was a bright girl and doing well.”

Mrs Watson and Mr Hedley arrived home at 7.15pm last March 2 and found Robyn with her friend in the kitchen.

Mr Hedley said: “An argument followed about Robyn putting herself in danger with boys.”

After Robyn’s death, police found a diary which Mrs Watson said contained mostly ‘fantasy’.

“To this day I still don’t know anything that could have persuaded Robyn to do what she did,” she said.