Alex Wildman.
Alex Wildman. The Northern Star

Wildman 'fine' on day of suicide

ALEX WILDMAN told his school chaplain everything was 'cool' the day he took his own life, an inquest has heard.

Robert Sipe, Kadina High School's chaplain, said he asked Alex how he was feeling at morning assembly the day after he had been punched repeatedly in the face by a fellow student.

“His response was: 'I'm fine',” Mr Sipe told the Ballina inquest into the circumstances leading to the 14-year-old's suicide in July last year.

“He said: 'It was just a stupid fight'. And he said: 'It's all done now and it's all taken care of. It's all cool now, Mr Sipe'.”

Mr Sipe, who was one of the few student support teachers to have spent significant time with Alex in his six months at the Lismore school, said he saw nothing to suggest Alex was being bullied.

“I never picked up that he was being harassed,” he said.

The eighth day of the inquest heard from one former student who admitted to calling Alex names in class.

“He was always heaps quiet and he just stayed to himself all the time,” the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said. “He never ever ever responded to me (teasing) at all.”

The teenager said the harassment started after Alex had a falling out with a female friend - and after that same female friend had shown him a revealing photo of Alex on her mobile phone.

The female friend also sent him a text message during the school holidays prior to the suicide suggesting Alex was getting bashed and that 'everything's going to change this semester', the boy told the inquest.

He said Alex had walked out of class a number of times after being teased and having people laugh at him.

Another teenager, who also cannot be named, admitted to repeatedly punching Alex on two separate occasions in the week prior to his death.

The boy said he had read an 'out of the blue' comment, which appeared to come from Alex, on the social networking website MySpace that criticised his mother.

This was why he decided to 'bash' Alex, he told the inquest.

After the female friend said that Alex had described him as a weak fighter, he decided to bash him again.

“I seen him and I sort of lost my temper and I punched him,” he said.

The boy said he himself had been a victim of bullying and expressed regret for how he treated Alex.

The inquest, before Deputy State Coroner Malcolm MacPherson, continues today.


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