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Death of bereaved primary school teacher, 29, who hanged herself was NOT suicide, coroner rules

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An ‘exemplary’ primary school teacher who was found dead after mourning her mother’s death died as an ‘accident result’ and not suicide, a coroner has ruled.

Emma Wilkson, 29, from Stockport, Greater Manchester, left a note and drank a large amount of wine before hanging herself in what was described as ‘a bolt from the blue’.

After the loss of her mother in March 2019, Ms Wilkson was “upset” and turned her mobile screen into a memento of her – but she is thought to have hidden the full extent of her grief from her family, friends and colleagues.

Emma Wilkson (Pictured) was found dead after secretly battling severe grief over her mother’s death for two years

Ms Wilkson (above) left a note and drank a large amount of wine before hanging herself in what was described as 'a bolt from the blue'

Ms Wilkson (above) left a note and drank a large amount of wine before hanging herself in what was described as ‘a bolt from the blue’

On the second anniversary of her mother’s death, Ms Wilkson visited her brother Matthew at the family home and was seen outside alone for ‘a while’.

Tragically, the next day on March 28, 2021, a friend found Emma dead, with a note she had written.

This week, a coroner ruled that she committed the act herself, but did not conclude that her death was due to suicide due to the amount of alcohol she had consumed.

Her father, Christopher Wilkson, admitted she had “ended” a relationship three months before her death and was “living on her own.”

He said: “For years she had little contact with her mother, who passed away in March 2019. She went to college and went to college to teach and then became a teacher at Adswood Primary.

“It was a school in a deprived area and it was difficult to supervise some children, but she had a passion for teaching.

A relationship she was in ended a few months before her death and she lived on her own but was very proud of her home. Around the time of her mother’s death, she was upset and thought of her by changing the home screen of her cell phone.

After the loss of her mother in March 2019, Ms Wilkson (above) was

After the loss of her mother in March 2019, Ms Wilkson (above) was “upset” and turned her mobile screen into a memory photo of her – but it is believed she hid the full extent of her grief from her family, friends and work colleagues

The primary school teacher was described as a 'generous and thoughtful individual' and an 'exemplary' teacher

The primary school teacher was described as a ‘generous and thoughtful individual’ and an ‘exemplary’ teacher

“I was told on March 27, 2021 that she had gone to her brother Matthew’s house. It was the second anniversary of her mother’s death and she went to the family home where she lived and stood outside for a while.

“On March 28, a friend of Emma’s found her dead. It was a bolt from the blue. We were shown a note that she had left. I am not aware that she attempted suicide in the past. If we’d known she needed more support, we’d have given her everything she needed.

“She was a generous and thoughtful person. She will be forever missed and always in our hearts.’

At the hearing, it was said that Ms Wilkson of High Lane, Stockport, Greater Manchester had taught at Adswood Primary School, where she was said to be an ‘exemplary teacher’.

Adswood Primary director Michelle Smart told the Stockport survey: ‘Emma started teaching here on January 1, 2018. She taught in a first grade class, it was her first teaching position and no problems were raised by her. brought forward.

“She went through a period of mourning after her mother’s death, but the school was not concerned about her health. She seemed excited about her teaching and she was ready for the Easter holidays.

“She has made a huge contribution to the lives of the children. Emma was an exemplary teacher, she had a warm, calm, nurturing presence and the children loved her. She would have kids happy and motivated in seconds. She just beamed every day.

‘The relationship she formed with the students and the staff was excellent. In November 2019, Ofsted was overwhelmed with her teaching. She was extremely organized.

It was natural for her to dress up as chalk on Zoom calls during the lockdown. All who knew her well always had great respect for her. Her smile was infectious and distinctive. She was a cheerful, friendly and loyal colleague. Emma will always be part of our school team. Our Sunshine Garden will be in memory of Emma.’

Tests showed that Ms. Wilkson had a high level of alcohol in her body, along with acetaminophen and codeine.

On the second anniversary of her mother's death, Mrs. Wilkson visited her brother Matthew at the family home and was seen alone outside for a while.

On the second anniversary of her mother’s death, Mrs. Wilkson visited her brother Matthew at the family home and was seen alone outside for a while.

This week a coroner ruled that she committed the act herself, but did not conclude that her death was due to suicide due to the amount of alcohol she drank

This week a coroner ruled that she committed the act herself, but did not conclude that her death was due to suicide due to the amount of alcohol she drank

Police Coroner Andrew Stevenson said: “Police were notified on March 28, 2021, by a friend of Emma’s who had gone to her address following a WhatsApp group message she received from Emma in which her death was hinted at. The message was sent at 4 a.m. sometime after she returned from her brother’s house.

“The address was neatly kept and there was a letter of intent on the counter. There was evidence of some medication around the counter next to the note with Lemsips, Ibuprofen, acetaminophen and codeine. All the packages were empty and there was an empty bottle of alcohol on the floor next to Emma. The note was quite difficult to read.

“Emma’s friend said she had known her for a long time and from her perspective there was never any indication that she intended to do this. It was something out of the blue for this good friend. There was nothing in Emma’s demeanor that would refer to what happened.’

Chris Morris told Emma’s family: ‘This is a tragic case of a much loved and respected young woman.

“She was clearly a lively and talented person and was highly regarded by her friends and family, but she was also an exceptionally gifted teacher.

“Emma died tragically on March 28, 2021 and it was a bolt from the blue for her family and friends. Emma was not really known to mental health facilities and her GP was not consulted with her about a low mood.

“Like any of us, she had worries and difficulties in her life. She also found it difficult to come to the anniversary of her mother’s death, but it was nothing special. There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. I’m glad she performed the act herself. The WhatsApp messages referred to songs that would be played at her funeral.

“But her blood levels showed significant intoxication and I can’t find she intended to cause her own death. It was an impulsive act under the influence of alcohol. Emma died tragically as a result of an accident. She was truly an exceptional person whose loss is widely felt. I’m sorry for your loss.’

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