FOLLOWING the tragic death of a 14-year-old girl from Swansea, her heartbroken mother has reached out to describe the event.
Dominique Williams, 43, said her daughter took an overdose of prescription tablets after being bullied on Snapchat and Facebook.
She told the Mirror Online: “I didn’t see any signs at all. I only found out she was being bullied after her death.
“One of my stepdaughter’s cousins was told by another girl Nyah had been bullied – I’m aware messages were being sent on Snapchat and Facebook.
“Since then, a few people have come forward to say she had been targeted at school.
“Her phone has been seized by police who are investigating. Whoever is at the end of it need to realise what they’ve done – we need justice.”
She now claims the bullies need to ‘pay for what they’ve done.’
The 43-year-old – whose wife, Suzanne, helped to look after Nyah as well as her dad, David said that she wasn’t aware of the bullying.
When describing the night before her death she said that Nyah had come home from visiting friends on Sunday night and had asked to watch a film in her room.
Mum Dominique said that around 9.30 pm she had noticed her prescription tablets had gone missing.
After texting her partner to ask her if she knew where they were she assumed they had been mislaid.
When she knocked on Nyah’s door at 7 am in the morning she was laying on her bed on her side with her phone in hand when she called her there was no response.
Upon walking towards Nyah it was apparent that the tips of her fingers were blue as well as her lips and her face was white. Dominique screamed for her partner, Sue.
Paramedics came to the house at Blaenymaes, Swansea after Dominique called 999, she was rushed to hospital but her heart had already flat-lined.
Discussing the events leading up to her death Dominique, a mum-of-two said that she wasn’t aware of how bad the situation was.
She said that she wasn’t sure if the school was aware of the severity of the situation as it was mentioned in a review meeting that Nyah was having some potential issues.
Nyah had felt that a group of individuals were talking about her in class. She was so unsettled by this that she didn’t want to leave the room first encase she drew attention to herself.
A spokesperson for Bishop Gore School said: “Everyone at Bishop Gore School has been deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Nyah James who was popular with both her fellow pupils and school staff.
“Nyah was achieving well and we were looking forward to her receiving excellent results at the end of year 11.
“Understandably since hearing of her passing, pupils and staff at the school are very upset and trained staff are on hand to support them.
“Our thoughts are very much with her family and friends at this very sad time.”
A JustGiving page has been set up to raise £10,000 to help Nyah’s family pay for funeral costs.
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Local coronavirus restrictions imposed to control outbreaks in South Wales
Coronavirus laws are being tightened in four more Welsh authorities – Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport – following a sharp rise in cases, Health Minister Vaughan Gething today announced.
The new measures will come into force at 6pm on Tuesday 22 September 2020, to protect people’s health and control the spread of the virus in the four local authority areas.
The new restrictions will apply to everyone living in Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport:
People will not be allowed to enter or leave these areas without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or education;
People will only be able to meet people they don’t live with outdoors for the time being. They will not be able to form, or be in, extended households;
All licensed premises will have to close at 11pm;
Everyone over 11 will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public areas – as is the case across Wales.
From 6pm on Tuesday 22 September, the requirement for all licensed premises to close at 11pm will also be extended to Caerphilly borough.
Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, said:
“Following the decision to place additional coronavirus restrictions in place in Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf, we have seen a worrying and rapid rise in cases in four other south Wales council areas – Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport.
“In many cases, this is linked to people socialising indoors without social distancing. We are seeing evidence of coronavirus spreading. We need to take action to control and, ultimately, reduce its spread and protect people’s health.
“It’s always a difficult decision to introduce restrictions but coronavirus has not gone away – it is still circulating in communities across Wales and, as we are seeing in parts of South Wales, small clusters can quickly cause real issues in local communities.
“We need everyone’s help to bring coronavirus under control. We need everyone to pull together and to follow the measures which are there to protect you and your loved ones.”
The restrictions are being introduced following a rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases in coronavirus, which have been linked to people meeting indoors, not following social distancing guidelines and returning from summer holidays overseas.
The Welsh Government will call an urgent meeting of all local authority, health board and police forces from Bridgend to the English border tomorrow to discuss the wider situation in South Wales and whether further measures are needed across the region to protect people’s health.
The new local restrictions measures will be kept under regular review. They will be enforced by local authorities and by the police.
Keep Wales safe by:
Always keeping your distance
Washing your hands regularly
Working from home wherever you can
Following any local restrictions
Following the rules about meeting people
Staying at home if you or anyone in your extended household has symptoms.
Welsh legislation will restrict those travelling from hotspot areas
MARK Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, has today announced legislation which will restrict those coming from coronavirus hotspot’s from travelling to Wales.
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has refused to impose rules which prohibit those from areas where the infection rate is high from entering low virus rate areas’s.
Mr Drakeford has made two requests to the Prime Minister requesting to impose rules which will mean those from high virus areas in England be prohibited from travelling to Wales, a request which has been denied by Mr Johnson.
The powers set by Mr Drakeford will come into force by the end of the week, unless Boris Johnson takes action sooner.
Speaking at the Plenary today, Mr Drakeford made the announcement, stating if Mr Johnson does not reply to his request by Friday then The Welsh Government will bring in legislation to restrict travel from those in English lockdown areas travelling to Wales.
Mr Drakeford said this was not a case of all those from England being restricted travel to Wales, just hotspot areas.
He said: “Evidence from public health professionals suggests coronavirus is moving from east to west across the UK and across Wales. As a general rule, it is concentrating in urban areas and then spreading to more sparsely populated areas as a result of people travelling.
“Much of Wales in now subject to local restriction measures because levels of the virus have risen and people living in those areas are not able to travel beyond their county boundary without a reasonable excuse. This is designed to prevent the spread of infection within Wales and to other areas of the UK.
“We are preparing to take this action to prevent people who live in areas where there are higher Covid infection rates across the UK from travelling to Wales and bringing the virus with them.
“I am determined to keep Wales safe.”
The legislation, which is understood to come into force Friday, October 16 at 6pm, will mean those travelling to Wales from areas of England which are classed as virus hotspot’s will be restricted.
The new legislation also restricts those travelling into Wales from high virus prevalence areas from Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The Leader of the Opposition in the Welsh Parliament – Paul Davies MS – has rounded on the First Minister over a ban on people entering Wales from England, and the Labour Party’s inability or unwillingness to publish comprehensive data proving that transmission rates are accelerating due to travel.
Mr Davies took the First Minister to task during Plenary today (October 14), and referred to a statement made by the leader of the Labour Party on September 23 when he said that the Welsh Government was not seeing any spikes at all in infection due to travel and tourism.
Mr Davies said that the people of Wales deserve to have sight of the data that underpins the Welsh Labour-led Government’s position on this matter, so that they can be confident that the Government’s actions are proportionate to the threat of the virus in their area.
Mr Davies also referred to a paper that accompanied the First Minister’s letter to the Prime Minister yesterday, a paper – that was not peer-reviewed – that confirms the data “…does not constitute definitive proof” in favour of a travel ban.
Mr Davies said: “The First Minister and his Government have acted rashly and without examining a range of other factors before a conclusion on whether to impose a travel ban or not is reached, while at the same time seemingly ignoring the fact that transmission rates in relation to travel had already peaked in August and September.
“It is incumbent on the First Minister to explain just why he has chosen to act in this way, and what supporting evidence he and his Ministers have seen to justify a ban and then publish it so it can be properly scrutinised.
“If he cannot or will not, then he must review and rescind this ban immediately.”
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