Girl who was found dead at boarding school told her GP she was suicidal and ... trends now
A girl who killed herself at a top girls' boarding school told a GP that she was suicidal but was deemed 'low risk' and given a follow-up appointment six weeks later, an
Caitlyn Scott-Lee, 16, took her own life in Wycombe Abbey's theatre the night before she was set to sit for a two-hour detention.
Caitlyn was autistic and had become fixated on the 'headmistress' detention', which had been given to her after vodka and a tattoo kit were found in her music locker.
The 16-year-old had been so distraught at the prospect of the detention that she ran away from a choral performance at Eton College where she was due to sing shortly before the Easter holidays on Match 21.
Her last diary entry on the night before she died read: 'F**k the school. Running away was the best cry out for help I could give and you responded with we'd normally punish you but we know you're already getting punished. Safeguarding my arse.'
Her funeral is set to take place in Buckinghamshire tomorrow.
Caitlyn Scott-Lee, 16, took her own life in Wycombe Abbey's theatre the night before she was set to sit for a two-hour detention
Caitlyn was autistic and had become fixated on the 'headmistress' detention', which had been given to her after vodka and a tattoo kit was found in her music locker
Caitlyn's father Jonathan told The Times that: 'It never occurred to me that I should have asked whether my daughter would - very literally - leave school alive.
'Over the past week, I have been filled with compassion for the children who are sitting their GCSE and A-level exams. I pray that they will know that they are not defined by mere grades.'
The father told the publication that Caitlyn had made an appointment for herself at a High Wycombe GP for her 'anxiety, depression and having suicidal feelings'.
She attended the appointment on March 30 and was referred to Buckinghamshire's child and adolescent mental health services.
Then, four days later, on April 3, she was deemed 'low risk' following a phone consultation with the mental health nurse. A specialist appointment was made for her for almost two weeks time on May 16.
She killed herself on April 21.
Jonathan Scott-Lee told The Times: 'I want Caitlyn's story to lead to change, so that neurodiverse children get the help needed in schools and medical settings [and] also thrive in society.
'If she had been prioritised appropriately and obtained medical intervention, she might still be with us.'
Caitlyn's father has now started a campaign for all autistic children who disclose suicidal or depressive feelings to be seen by a specialist within 24 hours.