THE heartbroken mum of a Sheffield schoolboy found hanged at home has refuted rumours he took his own life because of bullies.
Tribute pages set up in memory of Ritchie Allsop, aged 13, of School Road, Chapeltown, are filled with suggestions the tragic teen may have been bullied.
But Ritchie’s grieving mum Lisa Brown has turned to Facebook to quash the allegations, claiming her son was ‘stronger than that’.
Lisa, a part-time supervisor at The Barrel pub opposite her maisonette, said: “I just want to point out that what has happened was an accident, a freak accident that took my boy from me.
“It wasn’t a result of any bullying - my Ritchie was so much stronger than that.
“Ritchie was not bullied, or at least not to the point that this affected his life in any way, shape or form.
“My boy was such a happy, energetic child who only brought love and happiness to the people he met.”
In a moving tribute to her son, she added: “Ritchie, I love you and miss you - you will always be with me. Always loved and never forgotten.”
Friend Beth Richards said in her tribute: “You’ll always be remembered by friends and family, you were an amazing lad, you were great the way you were, no-one had bad word against you.
“You were such a lovely lad and made everyone smile so that’s how we’re going to remember you. Sleep tight.”
And Paige Cox described Ritchie as ‘a little man with a big personality’ who ‘didn’t deserve to die’.
Shannon Hanson said the teenager ‘put a smile on everybody’s face’.
Among those referring to bullying claims was pal ‘Sarah Jane’, who claimed: “You put up with it for ages.” She added: “I’m still shocked that you took your own life. You were one of nicest lads anybody could have met.”
Georgia Leigh said: “I still can’t believe you’ve took your own life for some immature little bullies. You were such a lovely lad, never failed to bring a smile to my face or anyone’s. You were such a laugh to be around.”
And Alex Robinson said: “Can’t believe you’ve taken your own life for some lowlife cowards - my heart goes out to your family.”
He added: “You were such a funny lad, always brought a smile to our faces. You’ll always be remembered as the boy who danced on the bins in Year 7.”
Police were alerted to the death at around 6pm last Friday but are not treating it as suspicious. The coroner has been informed and a post mortem examination has been carried out, but an inquest has not yet been opened.