Carshalton Boys Sports College pay tribute to 14-year-old Liam Hardy

Liam Hardy was described as happy and popular by his headteacher

Liam Hardy was described as happy and popular by his headteacher

First published in News Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A 14-year-old boy has died after he was found hanging at his grandparents' home.

Liam Hardy, a pupil at Carshalton Boys Sports College, was found on Monday, November 19 at their home in Stonecot Hill, Sutton.

London Ambulance Service were called at 9.20pm and he was rushed to hospital.

He died on Tuesday, November 27. Police are not treating his death as suspicious.

The college’s Headteacher Simon Barber described him as a happy and popular boy who will be greatly missed by staff and students alike.

He said:  “Liam was a popular boy who was likable, smart and good at sport. 

“His loss is felt by everyone at the school and our thoughts are with his family at what must be an incredibly difficult time. 

“Our school will do everything we can to support our pupils and staff.

“We would ask others to respect our privacy and that of Liam’s family.”

Mr Barber has written to parents with children at the school.

Counsellors are at the school offering support and guidance to pupils who are affected.

A memorial has been set up at the front of the school to allow people to pay their respects.

Did you know Liam? Leave a tribute below or email ssleigh@london.newsquest.co.uk or call 0208 722 6358.

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2:29pm Fri 30 Nov 12

unio06 says...

what this poor boy must have been going through to take this action. my daughter's are going througsome. unhappy times and one is his age. sending my love to his family and prayers to the family member who found him xx
what this poor boy must have been going through to take this action. my daughter's are going througsome. unhappy times and one is his age. sending my love to his family and prayers to the family member who found him xx unio06
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2:37pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Sutton53 says...

Poor boy. My sympathy to his family and friends. What a tragic loss.
Poor boy. My sympathy to his family and friends. What a tragic loss. Sutton53
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8:50pm Fri 30 Nov 12

suep1701 says...

I am a family member and as much as we appreciate peoples sympathy, this news report has been done without the family's permission and I am stunned that these reporters have absolutely no respect for the feeling of the family, particularly his mother, at the worst possible time of her life. would you want this story plastered on a website and paper for people to see if it was your son/daughter? its a disgrace SOPHIA SLEIGH should be ashamed of herself!!! hope the story was worth it!!!
I am a family member and as much as we appreciate peoples sympathy, this news report has been done without the family's permission and I am stunned that these reporters have absolutely no respect for the feeling of the family, particularly his mother, at the worst possible time of her life. would you want this story plastered on a website and paper for people to see if it was your son/daughter? its a disgrace SOPHIA SLEIGH should be ashamed of herself!!! hope the story was worth it!!! suep1701
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8:52pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Lawsie34 says...

I am Liam's godmother and I just want to say how upsetting it has been that this story has been printed only a few days after his death with no regard for the total devastation the family are going through and also the fact that his younger brother also goes the same school.
Yes theres alot of speculation as to how he died, iv heard at least 5 different stories, yes people were writing on Facebook & yes there's a memorial tree but nobody apart from family know exactly what & how it happened so for this to be printed so soon without any permission from his family is disgusting.

Liam was a handsome & popular boy who was loved & highly thought of by all.

Please respect his family's privacy and keep them in your thoughts and prayers at this heartbreaking time.
I am Liam's godmother and I just want to say how upsetting it has been that this story has been printed only a few days after his death with no regard for the total devastation the family are going through and also the fact that his younger brother also goes the same school. Yes theres alot of speculation as to how he died, iv heard at least 5 different stories, yes people were writing on Facebook & yes there's a memorial tree but nobody apart from family know exactly what & how it happened so for this to be printed so soon without any permission from his family is disgusting. Liam was a handsome & popular boy who was loved & highly thought of by all. Please respect his family's privacy and keep them in your thoughts and prayers at this heartbreaking time. Lawsie34
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11:15pm Fri 30 Nov 12

kazza76 says...

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very sad time my daughter and grandson are friends of liams and are totally devastated. R.I.P. Liam sleep tight sweetheart xx
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very sad time my daughter and grandson are friends of liams and are totally devastated. R.I.P. Liam sleep tight sweetheart xx kazza76
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8:05pm Sat 1 Dec 12

whiteandy says...

I am so appalled at the Guardian newspaper for printing this story when family and friends are still trying to come to terms with this terrible accident.

As a member of his family I know this absurd report has done nothing but intensify the grief we are already going through,and should not have been plastered across the internet, by anyone.

For those of you who don't know Liam
there are no words alone to describe him.
He was one in million. He was an outstanding boy, thoughtful,kind and caring, with a very loving and supportive family around him.

We will miss him so much, forever he will be in our hearts.
I am so appalled at the Guardian newspaper for printing this story when family and friends are still trying to come to terms with this terrible accident. As a member of his family I know this absurd report has done nothing but intensify the grief we are already going through,and should not have been plastered across the internet, by anyone. For those of you who don't know Liam there are no words alone to describe him. He was one in million. He was an outstanding boy, thoughtful,kind and caring, with a very loving and supportive family around him. We will miss him so much, forever he will be in our hearts. whiteandy
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9:22am Sun 2 Dec 12

onewithaview says...

having read the above comments, I am amazed that this paper would publish such an emotionally charged story without the families permission. whilst I see that there is some public interest in the story, surely where a minor is involved it should only be published with the families knowledge.

i am amazed that this story has been carried especially in the light of the leveson report into press practices! I hope you have found this worthwhile, and it has furthered your carreer at the expense of a families feelings!
having read the above comments, I am amazed that this paper would publish such an emotionally charged story without the families permission. whilst I see that there is some public interest in the story, surely where a minor is involved it should only be published with the families knowledge. i am amazed that this story has been carried especially in the light of the leveson report into press practices! I hope you have found this worthwhile, and it has furthered your carreer at the expense of a families feelings! onewithaview
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12:01pm Sun 2 Dec 12

DisgustedofBognor says...

As a friend of Liam's mum, I cannot believe that you people actually think that it is "ok" to publish articles like this. If you knew the additional heartache, stress, pain and grief that you have caused his family you would delete this, except you won't will you? Despite being asked to. I only hope that you are proud of yourself and that you can sleep at night because so many people are unable to at the moment. Liam was a kind, caring, considerate and outstanding boy, loved and liked by so many and all we ask is that you let his family, especially his mum and brother grieve in peace and privacy at this very distressing and upsetting time.
As a friend of Liam's mum, I cannot believe that you people actually think that it is "ok" to publish articles like this. If you knew the additional heartache, stress, pain and grief that you have caused his family you would delete this, except you won't will you? Despite being asked to. I only hope that you are proud of yourself and that you can sleep at night because so many people are unable to at the moment. Liam was a kind, caring, considerate and outstanding boy, loved and liked by so many and all we ask is that you let his family, especially his mum and brother grieve in peace and privacy at this very distressing and upsetting time. DisgustedofBognor
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12:01pm Sun 2 Dec 12

DisgustedofBognor says...

As a friend of Liam's mum, I cannot believe that you people actually think that it is "ok" to publish articles like this. If you knew the additional heartache, stress, pain and grief that you have caused his family you would delete this, except you won't will you? Despite being asked to. I only hope that you are proud of yourself and that you can sleep at night because so many people are unable to at the moment. Liam was a kind, caring, considerate and outstanding boy, loved and liked by so many and all we ask is that you let his family, especially his mum and brother grieve in peace and privacy at this very distressing and upsetting time.
As a friend of Liam's mum, I cannot believe that you people actually think that it is "ok" to publish articles like this. If you knew the additional heartache, stress, pain and grief that you have caused his family you would delete this, except you won't will you? Despite being asked to. I only hope that you are proud of yourself and that you can sleep at night because so many people are unable to at the moment. Liam was a kind, caring, considerate and outstanding boy, loved and liked by so many and all we ask is that you let his family, especially his mum and brother grieve in peace and privacy at this very distressing and upsetting time. DisgustedofBognor
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1:30pm Sun 2 Dec 12

Kimcatton says...

I feel that is disgraceful that this has been printed so soon to Liam's death..! Also the fact that papers feel that is nesaccery to print an article like this! Without any consent from Liam's family! It's nice to see people paying tributes to Liam and giving the respect they have!
I am a family friend of Liam and I am disappointed to see this over the Internet a few days after his death it is disrespectful to his family and friends at this hard time!


Love you Liam sleep tight xxx
I feel that is disgraceful that this has been printed so soon to Liam's death..! Also the fact that papers feel that is nesaccery to print an article like this! Without any consent from Liam's family! It's nice to see people paying tributes to Liam and giving the respect they have! I am a family friend of Liam and I am disappointed to see this over the Internet a few days after his death it is disrespectful to his family and friends at this hard time! Love you Liam sleep tight xxx Kimcatton
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5:32am Mon 3 Dec 12

Papa Stefano says...

This is such a sad story and the emotions of friends and family members are clearly very raw.
The Guardian article however is brief and factual and I don't think there is anything disrespectful or inflammatory in it.
This is such a sad story and the emotions of friends and family members are clearly very raw. The Guardian article however is brief and factual and I don't think there is anything disrespectful or inflammatory in it. Papa Stefano
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5:51pm Mon 3 Dec 12

whiteandy says...

Papa Stefano, just read your comment, and I think you will find that those of us with a heart have found this story disrespectful, especially family and friends, and no one has said this story was inflammatory. We feel that the guardian should have had the courtesy to have spoken with his Mother before writting anything. This is a minor we are talking about here and a family deeply heart broken by this terrible incident. Its about time we have suffient laws in place to stop this type of gutter press.
Papa Stefano, just read your comment, and I think you will find that those of us with a heart have found this story disrespectful, especially family and friends, and no one has said this story was inflammatory. We feel that the guardian should have had the courtesy to have spoken with his Mother before writting anything. This is a minor we are talking about here and a family deeply heart broken by this terrible incident. Its about time we have suffient laws in place to stop this type of gutter press. whiteandy
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8:45pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Anne Guedes says...

To Liam's family and friends.
I don't see any necessity to indicate the name of the victim, effectively, but this article is more discreet than most I've read for 15 years now about this kind of accidental death.
I may be wrong and I hope I shall not cause more sorrow, but I can't help thinking Liam was a victim of the fainting lark.
To Liam's family and friends. I don't see any necessity to indicate the name of the victim, effectively, but this article is more discreet than most I've read for 15 years now about this kind of accidental death. I may be wrong and I hope I shall not cause more sorrow, but I can't help thinking Liam was a victim of the fainting lark. Anne Guedes
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1:13pm Tue 4 Dec 12

emelem says...

permission was not given to have this article printed and yet it's still here? amazing... slugs could provide better journalistic skills and principles than most on this staff.
permission was not given to have this article printed and yet it's still here? amazing... slugs could provide better journalistic skills and principles than most on this staff. emelem
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2:58pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Anne Guedes says...

The press would be dignified if it provided investigation journalism. An unexpected and avoidable case like this one doesn't require victim's identification, photo nor comment, but information for parents about a practice that kills (about 30 known cases in the UK per year), one of the first being an Etonian in 1999.
The press would be dignified if it provided investigation journalism. An unexpected and avoidable case like this one doesn't require victim's identification, photo nor comment, but information for parents about a practice that kills (about 30 known cases in the UK per year), one of the first being an Etonian in 1999. Anne Guedes
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