A 17-year-old bright student who had fears that the Coronavirus lock down would have dire consequences on his academics was found dead in a park in Tunbridge Wells.

The boy, Matthew Mackell was dead in Durnolan Park, Kent on May 7. Police and paramedics were at the scene but he was pronounced dead.

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Matthew’s family has urged students to speak up if they are having problems after his death. His brother, Chris Mackell said, a notebook of Matthew’s which they found revealed that he had concerns about how the lock down will affect his school grades.

Matthew’s body was found at Durnolan Park, Tunbridge Wells.

18-year-old Chris who said Matthew was “stupidly successful” at school said he didn’t know Matthew was having problems emotionally.

“He was writing about his feelings and that he wasn’t happy. It was quite dark. It wasn’t nice to read.

“But I wasn’t aware of any problems at all. If anything I thought he was doing more than well with it. No one really thought that Matt was worried about that.

“He literally spent his breaks and lunches doing all his work and doing extra. But he was worried that he was going to end up in a dead end job which is stupid to think about, especially when he was doing so well.

“I think he enjoyed school and was quite proud of himself.’

“Matt was stupidly successful at school. I was speaking to a couple of his friends and they were saying he was 100 per cent the brightest one out of the whole year.” Chris said.

A page created to raise funds to pay for Matthew’s funeral expenses has since generated £7,700.

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