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Drug and bully fears of Eton death family; Boys had spoken of problems at school.

THE mother of a teenager whose body was found at Eton College revealed last night her fear of bullying and drug taking at the exclusive school.

And the teenager's devastated father said: "He had everything to live for, every possibility for his life."

Nicholas Taylor was found hanging in his room at the pounds 13,410-a-year college, attended by princes William and Harry.

The 15-year-old boy's body was found before morning prayers - a dressing gown cord around his neck. It was feared he had committed suicide.

Yesterday, his devastated mother revealed children had voiced their fears about one of the most famous schools in the world.

Mother-of-four Liz sobbed: "We just don't know why this has happened.

"The boys have been telling us things about the college, about the experimenting with drugs, about the bullying, but we don't know why.

"There was no sign this was going to happen at all. We can only think it was an accident.

"We just want the police to get to the bottom of it. We have asked them to find out why. We don't even know where he was or who he was with."

Nicholas's parents cannot believe their son took his own life, that he was being bullied or using drugs. But they cannot explain the tragedy of his death.

Nicholas was a boarder at Baldwin Bec House. He had been studying at the 1200- pupil school since September 1997.

Friends had described his mother and father as "inconsolable" after his death.

His father Malcolm, 52, who was used as a human shield during the Gulf War, said: "He was just a wonderful boy, a wonderful son.

"He had everything to look forward to, every possibility for his life.

"We don't know why this happened but there doesn't seem to have been any evidence of bullying.

"But we just don't know what happened as there was no suicide note.

"There was no reason to take his own life.

"He was a well-adjusted, very, very happy athletic kid.

"The only thing is the possibility he was experimenting with thrill seeking.

"He absolutely didn't commit suicide.

"There is no evidence he meant to take his own life and he certainly wasn't unhappy in the days or hours before.

"I have no real idea what kind of thrill seeking the kids were doing, maybe something like that with tragic results.

"But for him to put a pyjama cord around the door and deliberately kill himself just doesn't add up.

"We want no stone left unturned."
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Author:Fisher, Lorraine
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 24, 1999
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