Tearful students at Harrogate High School have set up a tribute room in memory of a 12-year-old boy who died last week.
Year 7 pupil Jordan Green was found at his home in Duncan Street last Wednesday night. It is understood that he took his own life.
Paying tribute to the “lively” youngster this week, Harrogate High principal Andrew Bayston said: “The school was deeply shocked and saddened to hear the news of Jordan’s death.
“Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Jordan’s family.”
Mr Bayston said the young boy, who loved animals and horseriding, was a popular student with a passion and a particular talent for art.
Claims that Jordan had been bullied before his death, reported in the national media, have been condemned by the school as “unsubstantiated” and “irresponsible”.
In a statement issued through police, Jordan’s mother, Heidi Green, has asked that speculation surrounding the matter stop.
“The last few days have been very difficult for those closest to Jordan,” she said.
“The fact is, nobody just now understands why Jordan did what he did and we very much want the police and the local authorities to pursue their investigations to find out.
“We would like to thank all of Jordan’s friends who have said such nice words and to the close family friends who are helping us through this.”
Around 500 of Jordan’s family and friends gathered on the Stray on Sunday night to release sky lanterns in his memory. Some had letters or photographs of Jordan attached.
At Jordan’s school, a tribute room has been set up in his memory. There are messages to him and to his family, poems, photographs and pictures of horses, which he loved.
Mr Bayston said students at the school were receiving counselling to help come to terms with what has happened.
“We feel deeply shocked and saddened,” he added.
Jordan’s funeral is to be held at Christ Church at 2pm on Monday.