Lily Mae Sharp had been watching the Netflix TV series 13 Reasons Why before hanging herself at her home in Crewe. Lily, aged just 13, had been talking about the show with her friends and family in the run up to her tragic death. She had also pretended to hang herself in her school toilets in a prank video related to the controversial series about suicide and teen angst just one day before she took her own life, acting out a hanging wearing a noose made of toilet roll being egged on by other young girls. Her mother Victoria Noblet, told the hearing: "I do wonder about that video. She was watching a Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, where I think that does bear some similarities. She had mentioned it a couple of times. She had her own Netflix log in... I know she had been discussing it amongst her friends. I think she asked had I seen it and I said, ‘No’.’
Ms Noblet described her daughter at the inquest as "always happy and bubbly" despite the family going through a difficult split as she divorced her ex-husband, whom she married when Lily was aged five. Lily’s biological father, David Pearson, had regular weekly contact with his daughter and had noticed a change in her personality. He took steps to arrange counselling sessions for Lily, where she is understood to have admitted feeling ‘worried’ and ‘scared’ about the future. Lily was left at home to look after her younger sister for a few years, and her mother placed 26 calls to her mobile phone frantically trying to contact the girl. When Ms Noblet returned home, she found Lily dead. The suicide appears to have been a spontaneous decision by the young girl who otherwise had no pattern of similar thoughts and behaviour, whose head teacher told the inquest she had never been a pupil with cause for concern and though there had been ‘speculation’ about bullying no one had ever provided any evidence.
Teacher Rebecca Darlington said in January last year some of Lily’s friends, who were worried by her behaviour, passed on to teachers that she was ‘expressing dark thoughts’. Ms Noblet was informed and had a meeting with teachers where the decision was taken to make an appointment with the family GP to run alongside Lily's sessions with the school counsellor. The counselling is understood to have been undertaken just six days before her death, but the counsellor had expressed no concern over the girl and said 'she was happy'. Alan Moore, senior coroner for Cheshire, concluded Lily had committed suicide. He said: "There was no obvious pattern of troubling behaviour, no red flags appear, to alert family, friends, school to issues. This was an impulsive act on Lily’s part which, although deliberate, was a spur of the moment decision rather than something she had been planning for any length of time, but no less heart-breaking for her family and friends."