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Bridge plunge girl 'bullied for being pretty'

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: July 17, 2009

<P>The body of Simone Grice was found at the bottom of a flyover crossing the A30</P>

The body of Simone Grice was found at the bottom of a flyover crossing the A30

THE mother of a 15-year-old who fell to her death from a bridge has described how she was tortured by school bullies "because she was pretty" and that a split with her boyfriend might have been the "final straw".

Simone Grice plunged from the bridge over the A30, just around the corner from her home in Illogan, near Redruth, Cornwall, on Monday night.

She was said to be clinging to her mobile phone and a toy doll she had had since she was a toddler.

Her mother, Linda, 45, said her daughter had recently been removed from school after years of abuse by bullies jealous of her good looks. She said the verbal and sometimes physical assaults left her daughter emotionally fragile.

Simone had recently found a boyfriend, her mother added, but was devastated when the relationship ended.

"She was the victim of extreme bullying at school," said the mother-of-three, who lives in Mennaye Gardens, Illogan.

"She was always targeted and it was very intense. They were always looking to beat her up.

"They would spit at her, throw stones at her and call her names. She became very emotional, very fragile.

"We called the school and, eventually, the police many times but it still carried on – incident after incident.

"The school tried to help but it continued for years and, eventually, I had to take her out of school and she was being home-tutored.

"She was a beautiful girl and other girls sometimes have a problem with that. She was picked on because she was pretty.

"But she wasn't just pretty – she was clever and a really nice person. But she was shy and the bullies took advantage of that."

She described seeing her daughter in the afternoon and was aware that something had clearly upset her.

"Something had happened and she was particularly distressed and emotionally distraught.

"She went out without me even realising. She had her whole life ahead of her."

She said that her daughter had got herself a boyfriend but it had ended and that might have been the "final straw".

Simone's body was found at the bottom of the Broad Lane flyover which crosses the A30 at Illogan, not far from her home.

She was found at around 11pm on Monday and police are investigating the circumstances of her death.

Shocked residents have described how they heard voices in the night pleading "Don't do it".

Simone's brother Elliott, 17, and sister Tara, 12, are being comforted by the family.

An inquest is expected to be opened and adjourned today.

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