Hanging tragedy of Tyne, 12

GRIEFSTRICKEN Debbie McCalla today spoke of her family's devastation after she found her 12-year-old daughter hanging in her bedroom.Tyne McCalla, of Haylings Road in Leiston, was found dead on Sunday evening.

By Amanda Cresswell

GRIEFSTRICKEN Debbie McCalla today spoke of her family's devastation after she found her 12-year-old daughter hanging in her bedroom.

Tyne McCalla, of Haylings Road in Leiston, was found dead on Sunday evening.

Mrs McCalla, 44, had been watching television while Tyne was in her bedroom upstairs listening to music.


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She said she became concerned when she had not heard anything from her daughter's room for some while.

Mrs McCalla went upstairs to check on her and discovered Tyne hanging from her bed.

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"On Sunday, one minute we had a daughter the next minute she was gone," said Mrs McCalla.

"Children are so precious – let them know you are there for them. Nothing is ever that bad that cannot be solved.

"She was such a beautiful girl. So popular. So talented. And had everything to live for. She was a clever girl. This was such a tragedy."

Mrs McCalla added that the family did not know why Tyne had died in such a way.

She added Tyne's brother, Andrew, 14, and father David are devastated by her death.

Shocked schoolmates were being counselled today after hearing of the tragedy.

News of her death stunned the local community –especially pupils and staff at Leiston Middle School.

Tyne had been a pupil there since September 1999.

Headteacher Steve Wood issued a statement on behalf of the school.

It said: "The news has been distressing for everyone at the school, and we are doing everything we can to provide support and comfort for the pupils.

"A team of counsellors at the school is working with children to help them come to terms with this devastating news and a special assembly was held on Monday.

"Our thoughts at this terribly sad time are naturally with the family and I offer them my sincerest and heartfelt condolences."

The news has rocked the close-knit community in Leiston.

Police confirmed they had been called to the McCalla's home at 7pm on Sunday evening and found the body of Tyne hanging.

They said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death, and could not comment on whether a suicide note had been found.

An inquest is due to be opened into her death within the next few days.

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