Popular and fun-loving (Yeah fu*king right) schoolgirl killed herself after becoming involved in a self-harming youth cult which glamorises death, an inquest has heard.
Hannah Bond, 13, hanged herself from a bunk bed in her bedroom with a tie believing her death would impress fellow followers of the “Juggalo” movement, it was said.
The teenager, who left a suicide note and used the nickname “Living Disaster”, committed suicide after flippantly telling her parents, “I want to kill myself”, when she returned late from a friend’s house.
They dismissed the comment and said “don’t be silly” but an hour later found her suspended an inch from the floor.
They dialled 999 and paramedics battled for over an hour to save her but she had lost consciousness and died.
Roger Sykes, the coroner who recorded a verdict of suicide, found aspects of the youth movement, which began in America, “very disturbing”.
He said: “A girl of 13 years old has taken her own life for no reason that by anyone could be found to be justifiable.
“It is a terrible and tragic explanation to what happened. It is not glamorous, just simply a tragic loss of such a young life.”
Maidstone Coroners’ Court heard that Hannah, of East Peckham, Kent, had lived a double life, outwardly a bright fun-loving family-orientated schoolgirl, but inwardly a devotee of “Icp” which owns the Juggalos.
She had secretly chatted to “Juggalo” followers online all over the world, talking about death and the glamorisation of hanging and speaking about “the Carnival” – a place where “juggalo” believe they go after they die.
She had even scratched her wrists in a form of self-harm often seen as a form of initiation into the popular fashion and lifestyle fad followed by young people who dress in clown make up like their older “Goth” crowd.
On her page on Bebo, the online networking site, she told friends with names like Sam Suicide, that she was obsessed with the American band Insane Clown Posse.
In a tribute book dedicated to Hannah at her school, one of her friends wrote, “I hope you enjoy the Carnival in the sky”, and it emerged another “Juggalo” girl at Hannah’s school, Mascalls Secondary School in Paddock Wood, Kent, had tried to kill herself a year ago.
Her mother Heather, a housewife, told the court how she originally thought “Jugaglo” was a harmless youth movement.
She said: “She called Juggalo a fashion and I thought it was normal. I didn’t know about the cuts. She used to wear bracelets so her wrists were concealed.
“Hannah was just a normal girl. She had loads of friends. She could be a bit moody but I thought it was just because she was a teenager. In the months before she had become obsessed with the internet.
“But there were no signs this was going to happen. She had everything to live for.”
Her father Raymond, a martial arts instructor who broke down as he gave evidence, said he had noticed the marks on her wrist.
He said: “We discussed it when I noticed the marks. When I was younger I was a punk and we used to do tattoos and things, but I wasn’t angry with her because she promised me she would never do it again.
“Although she was in touch with Juggalos all over the world, particularly in America, she was still in touch with the same girl she always was.
“The night before she died she came into my room and gave me a kiss on the cheek and said ‘I love you dad.’”
Vanessa Everett, her headteacher, told the inquest that none of her teachers felt she had any issues.
“She was a popular and bright girl who had achieved merits day in and day out right up until the day of her death,” she said.
She said they had been aware of “superficial self-harm” among younger students who had joined the Juggalo clan, but said it was difficult to determine those intent on harming themselves and those using it as “a fashion statement.”