Wednesday 17 August 2022 01:16 PM Bullied boy, 13, who was 'manipulated' to sell drugs at his school 'died of ... trends now
A bullied 13-year-old boy who was 'groomed' into selling drugs at his school by a county lines gang has died from an ecstasy overdose, an inquest has heard.
Mehmet Altun from Bournemouth, Dorset, was 'fearful' of the gang who 'groomed' him and wanted to get away from them.
His parents desperately tried to protect him from the drug world by banning him from going out alone during the summer holidays.
But the teenager began texting a dealer on social media who offered to sell him ecstasy.
After convincing his mum to let him go out on his bike, Mehmet took the pills before returning home in a manic state.
The schoolboy began to vomit, sweat, and his eyes rolled back before he had a seizure and went into cardiac arrest.
Mehmet Altun (pictured) from Bournemouth, Dorset, was 'fearful' of the gang who 'groomed' him and wanted to get away from them
Metmet's father Hulusi Altun during a march for Mehmet Altun in August last year
His frantic family called an ambulance and paramedics quickly arrived to give him CPR.
He was rushed to hospital but tragically died later that day on August 19 last year at Poole Hospital.
Post mortem results revealed he had died of MDMA overdose.
Following his death, a 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs and is still being investigated by police.
Mehmet had an ordinary childhood until he began to be bullied, his inquest heard yesterday at Dorset Coroners Court in Bournemouth.
He was then 'groomed and manipulated' by a gang to distribute drugs. Police and social services became involved when Mehmet carried a knife into school.
His parents desperately tried to protect him from the drug world by banning him from going out alone during the summer holidays. Pictured: Flowers left outside Mehmet's parents' shop in memory of Mehmet
He was expelled and spent a month without education before being sent to a school for troubled children.
In the final few months before his death, the teenager became increasingly secretive and isolated from his family, the inquest heard.
His devastated mother, Aynyr Altun, said she was afraid to let her son leave the house.
She said: 'When he wanted to go out himself, I never trusted him. I realised he had to go. I didn't let him go out until the last month.
'He told the social workers I didn't trust him, so because of that I tried to give some. I was watching him all the time, but I didn't realise what went on'.
Valerie Musaigwa, a social worker who dealt with Mehmet's case, said he 'wanted to get away' from the drug world.
Metmet's mother Aynur Altun during a march for Mehmet Altun in August last year
Pictured: Mehmet's family were forced to close their shop while they grieved the loss of the teenage boy
She said: 'His case came to us because Mehmet used to sell drugs. He became part of county lines drug trafficking.
'He was fearful of that and wanted to get away. He requested not to go around the shops because there were boys there who sold