A tormented schoolboy took his own life because he was bullied on Snapchat, according to his heartbroken mum.

Jack Parker, 15, was found dead in woods near his home in Astley, Wigan, in Greater Manchester on July 28.

His mum Karen Robinson, 43, says he took his own life partly because he was being threatened by bullies on Snapchat.

One Snapchat message sent to his former girlfriend said: "Your boyfs getting jumped xoxo Let him know ye."

The girlfriend saved a screenshot of the message, which was seen by the M.E.N.

Jack's mum and gran Karen Robinson and Joan Welch

She also reported that Jack, moments before he took his life, called her and read out a string of Snapchat messages he had just received.

Snapchat messages are deleted the moment they have been read but Jack's ex-girlfriend has told his family he said he had received threats someone would come to his house and shoot him in the head.

Jack also suggested he was being chased.

In voice messages he sent to his ex, it is clear he was also in turmoil about the relationship, lockdown and was "stressed" about returning to school in September.

He told the girl in one voice message: "You just don't understand how s*** I feel. But you don't have to worry because everything's going to get f***** up for me soon enough."

Jack Parker, 15, tragically ended his own life in the summer

Jack's mother Karen, a teaching assistant, told the M.E.N: "I want to get this out there, if it helps another child not getting bullied.

"I don't want another family to go through this. It's awful. I think he was really struggling with lockdown and not seeing his girlfriend and the amount of homework he was getting.

"I knew he had been a bit down because of his girlfriend. He was saying he couldn't get his head around his homework. He said he couldn't do it."

The mum-of-two added: "He wasn't eating properly and he wasn't sleeping properly. I used to ask him if he was being bullied and he would say 'am I 'eck'."

Asked whether she thought bullying caused Jack to take his own life, Karen said: "I think that's what pushed him. I think the thought of someone coming to the house frightened him to death really."

Jack feared he would be attacked

She has launched an online petition to increase the minimum age for Snapchat from 13 to 18.

Greater Manchester Police have said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death which will be taken to the coroner.

A Snapchat spokesperson said: "No-one deserves to be bullied and our hearts go out to Jack’s loved ones.

"We designed Snapchat as a place that prioritises friendship and default settings make it impossible for someone to receive a message from an account they have not added as a friend.

"Any Snapchatter experiencing bullying can easily report it to us right in the app and our safety team will do their best to help.

"We also provide in-app mental health support with a feature called Here For You, where Snapchatters can get expert advice from organisations such as Young Minds, the Samaritans and the Diana Award."

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.