Bullied girl, 14, took her own life after party

A bullied teenager died by suicide shortly after leaving a Manchester party, an inquest has heard. 

Uma Gupta, 14, told friends her mum was going to pick her up but was hit by a train that same evening, on March 2, 2019. Her parents have paid tribute to her as ‘always the life and soul of the party’.

The hearing at Manchester Coroner’s Court was told Uma had previously been bullied at school and kept a secret diary, which was only discovered after her death. The youngster, from Didsbury, was also upset by the suicide of a distant relative in September 2018, the court heard. 

As she left left home on the night she died, her parents told her ‘how beautiful she looked’.

They said: ‘She seemed happy.’

Uma, who had performed in a choir alongside Ariana Grande after the Manchester Arena terror attack, was hit at East Didsbury railway station in south Manchester at around 10pm. 

She had left the party at a friend’s house after becoming upset, telling friends she was getting a lift home, but instead walking to the station.

The Parrs Wood High School pupil made numerous diary entries in the months before she died expressing her unhappiness, the inquest heard. 

One entry, from 10 October 2018, read: ‘Don’t be upset. I wasn’t happy and things weren’t going to change.

‘Just imagine I was never here. I love my family and friends.’

At the party, witnesses say Uma’s mood changed. 

She began sobbing in the kitchen and bathroom, saying: ‘I don’t want to be here.’

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