This is going to sound slightly cold and calloused, but I suspect that the World Wide media Olympics made mum’s version a gospel in order to sell a story. According to Aaron Dugmore’s mother, racial tension and harassment at school caused her little boy to hang himself.
Most of the online news in regard to this unfortunate death appears to be sloppy and done in haste.
For example, Kelly Dugmore (Aaron’s mother) was cited as age 22 according to one source, in another she is 30, and as is the beauty of the Internet, the sites have settled on 30. Aside from the age discrepancies, there are no solid, concrete statements or evidence to realistically proclaim this suicide was indeed due to racial tensions or hatred.
The press seemed to monopolize on a few statements the mother made: “He was even threatened with a plastic knife by one boy. When Aaron stuck up for himself he said it’d be a real one next time.” Since when do the professional media rely on uncorroborated quotes made by nameless children?
The investigation at the time of her statements was made at a premature stage. The media reported a one-sided view of this tragedy and did not seem interested in asserting that their anecdotes are merely an initial assumption and to caution readers to evaluate conclusions after an in-depth investigation by authorities.
It was just publish anything and everything just to make “news”.
Here’s a prime example — Stephen Moyes at the Sun exaggerates his story initially by exerting in bold, enlarged print: “A TORMENTED boy of nine hanged himself at home after ‘relentless bullying’ at school, his family claimed yesterday.” Moyes’ best attempt at using solid evidence is his one and only direct quote by the victim’s neighbor saying: “Aaron had been targeted by a gang of older bullies at school as he was the new kid but no one thought it was any more than playground stuff.” In fact, it appears that this may not even be a firsthand quote and perhaps Moyes forgot to give credit to the original author? The rest of the article includes numerous, indirect quotes from secondhand sources from other news reports; cheap and imbalanced “news” Mr. Moyes.
Unfortunately, Moyes is not the only “journalist” reporting his slanted, biased view; you can find numerous hack stories all over the World Wide Web. Someone even created and posted a YouTube video with sad music and several “news” clips and photos of this poor little guy that was killed at the indirect hands of his haters.
Let’s be real careful before assigning a racial motive to a sensational tragedy. It’s only what we’d be demanding had this been the other way around, and especially if it turns out to be something else.