Polish girl who complained of classroom racism found dead at school in Cornwall

Dagmara Przybysz had previously told the Ask.fm website that she was the victim of racist bullying

Caroline Mortimer@cjmortimer
Thursday 19 May 2016 18:05
Dagmara Przybysz was pronounced dead at the scene at Pool Academy in Cornwall
Dagmara Przybysz was pronounced dead at the scene at Pool Academy in Cornwall

A Polish teenager who had previously complained of racist bullying has been found dead at her school in Cornwall.

Dagmara Przybysz,16, had complained about being bullied at school on the Ask.fm website two years before she died.

Police and paramedics were called to Pool Academy in Pool, Redruth, Cornwall on Tuesday afternoon at around 2:15pm, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

She had used the website - which itself has come under criticism for facilitating anonymous bullies - to answer a question about what problems she had at school.

She replied it was “racism” and added that her friends calling her "nasty" behind her back made her feel sad.

Friends paid tribute to her on social media with one writing: "It is so sad what people do to make people do this stuff."

Another said: "Such a beautiful girl, died a such a young age because of absolute p***ks", the Daily Telegraph reports.

Her friends have sent up a tribute page to her and are organising an event to remember her in Redruth on Sunday.

Dagmara told Ask.fm she had suffered racism while at school in Cornwall

Dagmara has been described as “beautiful, bright and creative” by her school and headteacher Zelma Hill said she was devastated by the news.

In a statement, the school said: "It is with overwhelming sadness that the principal, governors and staff of Pool Academy can confirm the tragic, sudden death of one of our students.

"We are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of Dagmara Przybysz. Dagmara was a beautiful, bright and creative 16-year-old student with a very promising future ahead of her. She was passionate about fashion and photography.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dagmara's family and friends at this difficult time."

Devon and Cornwall Police have said they are not treating the incident as suspicious but are continuing an investigation to establish the circumstances around her death.

Inspector John Hannaford, sector inspector for Camborne and Redruth, said: "We understand this is a very distressing time for the family and the school.

"We are working closely with them and will offer support where required. Our thoughts remain with family at this difficult time."

Additional reporting by PA