Grieving parents thank family and friends as inquest opened into Olivia Ruth Glennie’s death

The family of a 15-year-old girl who died in hospital after being found hanged in woodland say they are shocked and bewildered by her death

Olivia Glennie
Olivia Glennie

The family of a 15-year-old girl who died in hospital after being found hanged in woodland say they are shocked and bewildered by her death.

Olivia Ruth Glennie from Newsome was described as “popular and outgoing” with lots of friends.

As an inquest was opened into her death, Olivia’s mum Diane spoke out to offer her heartfelt thanks to relatives and friends for their support.

Olivia was found by a man walking his dog in woods near Armitage Bridge Cricket Club on Tuesday last week.

Olivia, a student at Newsome High School, was taken to hospital and treated in intensive care.

She died in Leeds General Infirmary on Monday.

Speaking from the family home, mum Diane said she had “no idea” why her daughter may have taken her own life.

She said: “Olivia had lots of friends and was from a very close family.

“We have no clue why this happened, no idea at all.

“I just want to say that without everyone’s support I don’t think we would have been able to carry on.

“We have a very close-knit family and we are all pulling together.

“Olivia had so many friends and they have been absolutely brilliant.

“It is a very difficult time but the support we have had from them and from others at Olivia’s school is overwhelming.

“It means so much to us and I’d like to say thank you for that.”

She said the school was providing support to the family and added: “Olivia was a popular and outgoing girl with a close circle of friends and popular with staff.”

Olivia’s death shocked staff and students at Newsome High School and headteacher Paul Gittens led the tributes.

Olivia’s father, Alex, added: “I would like to say thanks to all our family, friends, Newsome high school and Newsome Junior school pupils and staff for making this transition easier.”

An inquest into Olivia’s death was opened yesterday by Coroner Oliver Longstaff at Bradford and adjourned.

Olivia had two sisters Lucy and Laura.

Tributes to Olivia have been posted on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook.

Friends held a vigil at Castle Hill this week, lighting and releasing Chinese lanterns.

 
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