A 15-year-old schoolgirl died after her life was made a misery when she developed a bizarre allergy to WIFI, an inquest heard.
The parents of tragic Jenny Fry claim she suffered from electro-hypersensitivity (EHS) which caused her to suffer tiredness, headaches and bladder problems.
Her mum Debra said her symptoms were caused because she was allergic to wireless internet connections at her school.
Jenny’s body was found hanging from a tree at Brooke Woods, near her home in Chadlington, Oxon., at 4.20pm on June 11.
Earlier in the day she had texted a friend telling her she was not going to school that day.
Her mum Debra and dad Charles Newman told the inquest they believed their daughter was made ill because of WiFi.
Although they had taken the WiFi out of their own home, it was still used in Chipping Norton School, Oxon., where she was a pupil.
Mrs Fry told Oxfordshire Coroners’ Court Jenny had started showing signs of EHS in November 2012.
She said: “Jenny was getting ill and so was I. I did some research and found how dangerous WiFi could be so I had it taken out of the house.
“Both Jenny and I were fine at home but Jenny continued to be ill at school in certain areas.
“She was receiving lots of detentions, not for being disruptive in class or misbehaving, but often because she used to take herself out of the classroom to find another where she was able to work. She took her schoolwork seriously.
“I took lots of information into school to show the headteacher, Simon Duffy, but he said there was equally the same information available claiming WiFi was safe.
“I also had a heated exchange with teachers telling them Jenny was allergic to WiFi and that it made no sense making her take detentions in rooms that were making her ill.
“The least they could do was allow her to take them in rooms where she felt able to concentrate, but they wouldn’t listen.
“I fully believe Jenny did not intend to take her own life. I think she was frustrated with school.
“She would not see a doctor but was seeing a counsellor at school who was helping her.
“She had not made any suggestions she was thinking of suicide and I believe it was a cry for help.”
Jenny’s parents are now campaigning to remove WiFi from nurseries and schools and urging the government to look into researching EHS.
Mrs Fry said: “I intend to carry on my campaign to highlight the dangers of WiFi.
“I am not against a bit of technology but I do feel schools should be aware that some children are going to be sensitive to it and reduce its use.
“I think some technology is very useful. I am glad I had a mobile phone with me when I found Jenny so I was able to ring for help.”
A police statement said Jenny texted a pal at 9.36am and 10.05am telling her about her intentions and stating where she was but her friend did not have her phone with her.
Oxfordshire coroner Darren Salter said he was unable to rule out it was a possible cry for help because of the texts she sent to a friend.
He said there was not enough proof to suggest Jenny intended to take her own life and recorded a narrative verdict.
He added: “It can’t be demonstrated to the required standard of proof that it is certain she intended to take her own life.”
The inquest heard there were no medical notes to prove Jenny suffered from EHS.