A 16-year-old boy 'relentlessly' bullied at school for being gay took his own life, an inquest heard.

Cameron Warwick was found dead in woods after not turning up at college that day.

The youngster, who had autism and depression, had come out as gay at the age of 12.

His heartbroken mother, Kerry Warwick, claimed this led to other pupils bullying him and even throwing things at him during lunch breaks and he began to self harm.

Just before his death, Cameron had also seen a breakdown in a romantic online relationship, the inquest heard.

In a statement, Christopher told the hearing: "I believe Cameron was relentlessly bullied at school by other students for coming out as gay."

Kerry says Cameron was bullied

Bill Ashcroft, 16, a schoolfriend of Cameron, said: "One boy at school told him he was ugly.

"He didn't keep his mental health a secret, if something was wrong he would always talk to us about it."

Cameron, from Fareham, Hampshire, had failed to get the GCSE grades he wanted to enrol on a gaming course at college, having been overwhelmed by exam stress, and instead went on to study Computer Design.

He had just missed out on the required grade 4 result in maths to study gaming.

Mrs Warwick, 38, told the hearing: "Over the rest of the school holiday his mood didn't really improve.

"I tried to comfort him because he did get six GCSEs at grade 4 and above, but he could only see the maths grade."

On September 4 last year, shortly after starting at Fareham College, he failed to turn up for lessons and was later discovered hanged in Fort Fareham Woods, near the town.

Cameron Warwick with his dad Alan

Coroner Jason Pegg recorded a verdict of suicide at Portsmouth Coroner's Court.

He said: "Cameron had this background of autism - which resulted in bullying at times. Not only did he take his own life, he intended to do so."

After the hearing, Mrs Warwick, a housing association welfare officer, said fellow pupils at Fareham Academy had tormented him over the years for being gay.

She said: "They would bully him and isolate him.

"They would throw things like food at him, trip him up in the corridor, and call him horrible names like 'autistic f**k'."

"The bullies would prey on the fact he was gay. He was ostracised, with pupils refusing to sit with him and calling him names.

"By year 10, he had resigned himself to the bullying."

Mrs Warwick, who also has a 10-year-old daughter, said Cameron was a talented artist.

His art was based on 'furries' - animals in humanoid form - but a number of pieces also depicted suicide.

She said he had made a previous attempt on his life in 2017 and would self harm.

Paying tribute to their beloved son, she and his father, embroidery machine engineer Alan Warwick, 47, said in a statement: "Cameron was a much-loved, gentle and kind young man.

"His illnesses made it impossible for him to continue to live in a world which he did not understand, and one which made little effort to understand him.

Cameron Warwick with his dog Eddie

"We miss him with all of our hearts, and would urge others to be compassionate to other people's vulnerabilities, or to share their own and seek help to avoid other such tragedies."

The current headteacher of Fareham Academy today said he couldn't comment on any bullying Cameron had suffered at the school but insisted it had a zero tolerance policy on such behaviour.

Chris Prankherd said: "In respecting confidentiality, we do not comment on any matters relating to individual students during their time at our school.

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"However, I can confirm the school has a robust, zero tolerance policy on bullying, taking considered proportionate action as necessary.

"Alongside this, we aim to teach our students to be understanding, thoughtful and kind to others, through our personal, social and health curriculum.

"Having only been appointed as headteacher of the Academy in September, I did not have the pleasure of knowing Cameron during his time at the school but my deepest and sincere condolences go out to his family and friends."

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