A HIGH-FLYING student took his own life after he was told to kill himself by a faceless online bully, an inquest heard today.
Talented George Hessay, 15, logged on to Sayat.me which promises its young users “sincere and honest feedback about yourself” from other members.
But tragic George was bombarded with “unconscionable” abuse by an individual with the username “I Hate People” who repeatedly urged him to kill himself.
George’s lifeless body was found by his heartbroken mum, Emma Hessay, 49, at the family’s cottage in the pretty village of Rawcliffe, East Yorks., in May 2017.
She and her husband, Mike, 50, battled to save him but he was pronounced dead 33 minutes later by paramedics.
He left a suicide note saying he had “nothing to offer this world”.
In a devastating twist the vile troll who hounded George to his death is likely to escape justice.
The user’s details were kept on file by Estonia-based Sayat.me for 12 months. But by the time the international police investigation contacted them the data was gone.
The username ‘I Hate People’ was logged on in the UK and may have been someone George had met elsewhere online, his inquest in Hull heard.
But all efforts to trace the IP address have failed.
Detective Constable Stephen Jewell said: “Sayat.me is a site where anyone can set up an account and post feedback.
“What seems to have happened in time was that children started using the site to ask for feedback from their peers.
“This individual was being derogatory to George, the comments were vile and rather disgusting.
“They were basically telling George to take his own life, go and hang himself, go and kill himself.”
George used the app from April 27th 2017 until May 3rd of that year, six days before he took his own life.
The person he was most in contact with on the site was the anonymous I Hate People.
East Riding and Hull coroner Paul Marks described George as “top flight student” who had built his own computer.
He was learning Dutch, had an interest in engineering and was talking about going to university.
Mr Marks said: “Sadly this is yet another case that has come before this court where the abuse of social media has led to a tragic outcome.
“The content of the messages was unconscionable and something that no normal and civilised human being would send to another person.
“The effect that might have had on George could well have been devastating given what we now know.”
George’s death highlights the dangers of social media sites to vulnerable teenagers.
Sayat.me, which has about 30 million users worldwide, closed their site in the UK after the tragedy.
Cyber security expert Dr Daniel Dresner, of Manchester University, said: “These sort of sites expose children to deep psychological horror.
“This is old-fashioned bullying but more pervasive because it is on your device, in your hand.”
The inquest into George’s death comes after “bullied” schoolboy Joel Langford, 17, walked in front of a train near Marlow station in March this year.
And tragic Sam Connor reportedly gave pals a note containing two names and a code to unlock his mobile before he was hit by a train – as his school hints at a “prank gone wrong”.