The 13-year-old shared her struggle with depression and self-harming on social media before taking her own life just before New Year.
Kirsty was a keen dancer and gymnast
Kirsty lived in Lochgilphead before moving to Dunoon in her teens. She was a second year pupil at Dunoon Grammar School and moved recently to Dunclutha, which has consistently received “very good” gradings by care watchdogs in recent years.
But Kirsty had shared a series of posts on her Facebook page about loneliness, suicide, depression and self harming.
In 2015, she posted a picture of a woman on a ledge with the words
“would anyone miss me?”
She took her own life just days before New Year on December 30
Another picture she shared read:
“I’m that one friend. The one who walks behind everyone else. The one that no one really notices in the group. The one that people forget to include. The one that is always there for others but never has anyone to be there for me.”
A well as sharing a video admitting to being self-harmer, Kirsty filled out a quiz online saying she had been bullied and admitting to feeling depressed.
The day after her suicide on December 30, friends shared pictures of the teenager and tributes.
One close pal wrote on a picture of Kirsty:“Gone but never forgotten.”
Another added: “She will be missed.”
A police spokeswoman confirmed her death was not suspicious.
Kirsty had shared a video revealing she had self-harmed
“We can confirm that at around 3.40pm on Friday, December 30, police received a report of a 13-year-old girl being found injured within a property on Marine Parade, Dunoon. She was taken by ambulance to the Cowal Community Hospital where she later died. The girl has been formally identified and relatives have been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”
A review into the tragedy is being compiled by Argyll and Bute Council and will be sent to the Care Inspectorate, who will decide whether further investigations need to be carried out.
The Care Inspectorate said the case would be reviewed.
The Care Inspectorate vowed to review the tragic case
A spokesman said:
“The death of a child is always a tragedy and our thoughts are with those affected at this difficult time. We await the appropriate report from the local authority into this case which we will review in due course. Where there is learning to be taken from this we will discuss it with the partners involved to help ensure that the care and support of looked after children is of a standard which they have a right to expect.
We continue to work closely with the care service and local authority to ensure that young people are safe – and that rights are respected and their needs met. Anyone with a concern about a care service can contact us on 0345 600 9527.”
Kirsty’s relatives did not want to speak about the tragedy.