Kieran Aged 11 Hangs Himself 2 Days after Gran's Death; Tragedy of Boy Revealed in Suicide Prevention Week

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Kieran Aged 11 Hangs Himself 2 Days after Gran's Death; Tragedy of Boy Revealed in Suicide Prevention Week


Byline: By Marie Sharp

A BOY of 11 hanged himself in his home just two days after the death of his granny.

Kieran Donaldson's body was discovered in the early hours of Monday. An ambulance was called to his home just before 1am but paramedics could not save him.

The youngster's gran, Chris, had passed away suddenly on the Saturday, aged 67.

Kieran was the second pupil from his primary school to be found hanged within 13 months.

This week is International Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. And Kieran's death came as MSPs prepared to discuss how to tackle Scotland's suicide rate - the highest in Britain.

Kieran's family were grieving yesterday at home in Methil, Fife. Dad Zander and mum Patricia paid a poignant tribute to their only son.

They said: "There are words that sum up Kieran, and these words are thoughtful, compassionate, intelligent and fun-loving.

"He loved travelling with his family and his sisters. Like any young boy, he enjoyed his hobbies - snooker and golf - and he loved animals."

The family released a cherished photo of Kieran, showing him swimming with dolphins while on holiday.

Kieran had two sisters, Danielle, 14, and seven-year-old Sarah. He was a pupil at St Agatha's Primary School in Methil.

The school lost another pupil in similar circumstances on September 21 last year. Andrew Crawford, also 11, was found hanged at home in Leven.

Andrew and Kieran were not in the same class and there is no indication that their deaths are linked. …

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