A “beloved” teenager who died after being bullied for being autistic is having a particular wants college named in his reminiscence.
The previous Elliott Park non-public college on the Isle of Sheppey is being renamed and reopened as The Stefan Taye Faculty by the Autism Apprentice charity this yr.
The previous Elliott Park non-public major college in Marina Drive, Minster, Sheppey. Image: John Nurden
Stefan Taye Kluibenschadl, from Margate, was discovered hanging however nonetheless alive in his bed room in Margate final yr.
He was taken to hospital however died six days later after falling right into a coma.
His father, Tristan, defined that his 15-year-old son was being bullied at his Saturday job as a consequence of his autism, nervousness and for being completely different.
Since his dying his dad, and his mum, Emma, have been supporting The Autism Apprentice, a charity which advocates, helps and helps autistic kids in studying the abilities they should navigate life and to achieve their full potential
Tristan mentioned: “The charity has lately had the chance to amass a small college in Sheerness.
Tristan and his son, Stefan Taye Kluibenschadl
“They plan to show it into a faculty to cater for autistic kids aged 10 to 19 who even have nervousness.”
The previous Elliott Park college in Marina Drive, Minster, shut with out warning in the summertime of final yr.
On the time, director Stacey Phillips mentioned bosses had “with heavy hearts” reached the “extraordinarily tough choice” to stop buying and selling.
It was introduced that the premises can be introduced again into use as a much-needed particular wants provision final November.
Sarah Aldridge, operations director on the Autism Apprentice mentioned: “The college is being arrange by us and our sister group curiosity firm Autism Apprentice CIC.
Sarah Aldridge, operations director at The Autism Apprentice
“The rationale why we wished to call the college The Stefan Taye Faculty is due to preserving Stefan’s reminiscence alive and making a distinction to help future college students who attend our faculty.
“My daughter, a number of years in the past, attended Laleham Hole with Stefan and I’ve stored in contact with Stefan’s mum ever since.
“This weekend, associates of Tristan and Emma, plus the Autism Apprentice employees, associates and shoppers will probably be volunteering on the college to get the college prepared for after we open.”
The brand new college is ready to have an open day in February, so this weekend the charity is internet hosting a “DIY SOS-style” occasion to get the premises prepared for brand spanking new pupils.
Tristan mentioned: “The Autism Apprentice have been variety sufficient to call the college after my son in his honour and to assist us preserve his legacy alive.
Stefan Kluibenschadl, 15, died final yr. Image: Courtesy of Stefan’s household
“So we’re having a DIY SOS-style weekend on January 21 and 22.
“We’ve got volunteers and trades attending to dig, backyard, paint, clear, plumb, construct and many others, to attempt to get the college prepared for an open day in February.
“We’re planning one other day of motion a while earlier than Could when they’re planning to open.”
Tristan is in search of extra volunteers that might be prepared to assist and provides a few of their time this weekend, or throughout the subsequent motion day throughout the coming months.
He added: “The college would be thankful for donations of supplies ought to folks have connections within the constructing commerce.
Stefan Kluibenschadl, 15, died after being bullied. Image: Courtesy of Stefan’s household
“There may be additionally a simply giving web page ought to folks want to help the challenge.
“If anybody feels that they are able to assist in any capability please contact The Autism Apprentice, I’d be delighted to listen to from you.”