POLICE have moved to dispel rumours that a 12-year-old Harrogate boy believed to have taken his own life at home, was being bullied at school.
Jordan Green, a pupil at Harrogate High School, was discovered dead at 9.20pm on Wednesday at his home on Duncan Street, Bilton.
A number of comments posted on social networking sites have alleged that the youngster had committed suicide because he had become the target of bullying.
But yesterday, North Yorkshire Police said they had not had any reported incidents regarding Jordan Green and urged pupils to stop posting the messages.
A spokesman said: “Police have become aware of wholly unsubstantiated rumours which have been posted on social networking sites recently.
“These postings appear to be based solely on gossip and have no foundation in fact.
“Jordan’s school, at the family’s behest have asked all pupils to stop posting similar comments as they are causing those closest to him great distress.
“We are continuing to work closely with Jordan’s family in order to establish the facts surrounding the events preceding his unfortunate and untimely death.”
Yesterday, the principal of Harrogate High School Andrew Bayston, paid tribute to the youngster and said counselling was being provided to staff and pupils.
“The school was deeply shocked and saddened to hear the news of Jordan’s death at his home.
“Jordan was a lively Year 7 student who had a particular passion and talent for art.
“The school is providing counselling for students and staff during this very difficult time.
“We have arranged a special tribute room where students can leave messages, flowers and mementoes and spend some quite time reflecting on this sad loss.
“Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Jordan’s family.”
An inquest into the 12-year-old’s death was opened and adjourned in Harrogate yesterday.