Readers react to offensive Twitter and Facebook responses after Petts Wood train station death

News Shopper: The scene at Petts Wood station yesterday morning The scene at Petts Wood station yesterday morning

News Shopper readers have reacted after a series of offensive tweets and social media comments followed the death of a woman hit by a train in Petts Wood yesterday.

The woman was killed just before 11am after she was hit by the train at Petts Wood station.

This caused train cancellations and substantial delays to services running between Bromley South, Hither Green and Sevenoaks.

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One Twitter user, Sam Chadney, responded by saying: "Big thanks to the a***hole jumping in front of a train in Petts Wood."

This was flagged up by reader Marty1979, who commented on News Shopper's report of the incident: "Some nice person has put on Twitter: Big thanks to the a***hole jumping in front of a train at Petts Wood."

Meanwhile another Twitter user, Marc Curant, said: "Don't think it's the suicide victim who's the a***hole here."

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On News Shopper's Facebook page, Scott Roberts wrote: "My train was cancelled because of that inconsiderate t***."

Donna Marie Randall-Webb was quick to respond: "I was on the train she jumped in front off I could call you an inconsiderate t***. A lot of shaken people, and the poor lady."

A number of other offensive tweets were also seen yesterday afternoon, with Haley Rumney saying: "Inconsiderate person jumping in front of a train in Petts Wood."

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And Jake Heracleous tweeted: "No trains from Petts Wood as bloke decides to play chicken with train. Train 1-0 bloke."

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Meanwhile Andrew Jordan said: "That's got to be the second lemming in six months."

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And Max Fitzgerald added: "Some bird's thrown herself under a train at Petts Wood station, don't get me wrong it's sad but f*** me it's selfish!"

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How do you feel about these responses on social media? Leave your comments below.

UPDATE: Sam Chadney spoke to News Shopper this morning to apologise for his tweet. Full story here.

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5:16pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Citygirl83 says...

The problem with social media is people think that they can say what the like with no consequences or comebacks.
Yes you will claim it's freedom of speech but come on a bit of tact or fore thought would be nice.
Once you put it out there it's impossible to take back. Yes suicide is selfish, the person who commits suicide doesn't think how it will affect family or friends, or in this incident bystanders, the train driver and passengers. All they can think about is how they are in such a dark place and they have no where to turn. Unless you have really been on the brink of suicide you can't possibly know how that feels, it's a horrible place to be and I feel for this woman lot having anyone she felt she could turn to for help and support. No matter what the problem there is always a way back from the brink, but it's hard to ask for help.
The problem with social media is people think that they can say what the like with no consequences or comebacks. Yes you will claim it's freedom of speech but come on a bit of tact or fore thought would be nice. Once you put it out there it's impossible to take back. Yes suicide is selfish, the person who commits suicide doesn't think how it will affect family or friends, or in this incident bystanders, the train driver and passengers. All they can think about is how they are in such a dark place and they have no where to turn. Unless you have really been on the brink of suicide you can't possibly know how that feels, it's a horrible place to be and I feel for this woman lot having anyone she felt she could turn to for help and support. No matter what the problem there is always a way back from the brink, but it's hard to ask for help. Citygirl83
  • Score: 63

6:54pm Thu 24 Apr 14

cookster says...

I'm all for outing these people who spout bile and brainlessly troll on public networks.

A lot of these "people" (just about human beings) do not realise that Britain does not have the same "freedom of speech" laws as the United States, and thank goodness we don't.

I'm sorry Scott and Sam that you got held up. Life is so unfair isn't it?
I'm all for outing these people who spout bile and brainlessly troll on public networks. A lot of these "people" (just about human beings) do not realise that Britain does not have the same "freedom of speech" laws as the United States, and thank goodness we don't. I'm sorry Scott and Sam that you got held up. Life is so unfair isn't it? cookster
  • Score: 27

7:26pm Thu 24 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

People are entitled to the opinions no matter how horrible and tasteless they are.
People are entitled to the opinions no matter how horrible and tasteless they are. white rabbit9
  • Score: 10

7:46pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Lin1273 says...

Spare a thought for those affected by this tragic incident. This lady was my friend and colleague. You never know if one day your life may be turned upside down just like ours have been now! You never knew her so respect where respect is due!
Spare a thought for those affected by this tragic incident. This lady was my friend and colleague. You never know if one day your life may be turned upside down just like ours have been now! You never knew her so respect where respect is due! Lin1273
  • Score: 53

9:21pm Thu 24 Apr 14

reasonable75 says...

I recall a few years ago following a similar tragic event, someone posted on NS claiming that the "selfish" person had caused him to miss an exam

There seem to be an increasing number of people who are the ones that could be regarded as selfish, only concerned about inconvenience to themselves

I agree they should be named & shamed, it's too easy to make offensive comments via social media
I recall a few years ago following a similar tragic event, someone posted on NS claiming that the "selfish" person had caused him to miss an exam There seem to be an increasing number of people who are the ones that could be regarded as selfish, only concerned about inconvenience to themselves I agree they should be named & shamed, it's too easy to make offensive comments via social media reasonable75
  • Score: 20

11:00pm Thu 24 Apr 14

catmantoo says...

Way to stir up hate, NS!
Way to stir up hate, NS! catmantoo
  • Score: 7

11:52pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Beckenham Chris says...

Its tragic for anyone to top themselves,but its selfish to jump in front of a train.not because it makes a few people late,but because the jumper does not think of the effect that their action will have on witnesses and especially the driver and the people who have to clean up the mess.
Its tragic for anyone to top themselves,but its selfish to jump in front of a train.not because it makes a few people late,but because the jumper does not think of the effect that their action will have on witnesses and especially the driver and the people who have to clean up the mess. Beckenham Chris
  • Score: 15

2:42am Fri 25 Apr 14

Carb Windsor says...

I am the daughter of the most precious mother who died in front of a train at Petts Wood Station over 25 years ago. I will never get over it, neither will my family or undoubtedly the witnesses and train driver. It could be regarded as selfish, yes, but when you're that far down the depression road, nothing matters. I know, I've touched that road myself. Having lived through it for so long and never getting any answers as to why, I sit on the fence. I totally and utterly sympathize with these poor people who feel they have to end their lives (so bravely - what a risk - what if the train didn't actually kill them - imagine the injuries they'd have to live with...), but it is oh so terrible for the people they leave behind. Of course it is very frustrating for the commuters but, unless you've been through it, people have no idea - and will make thoughtless comments. I've learned to ignore such ignorant statements - but it hurts inside. I am a little alarmed that Petts Wood is becoming so 'popular' for suicides though. Such a beautiful little village; so much pain.
I am the daughter of the most precious mother who died in front of a train at Petts Wood Station over 25 years ago. I will never get over it, neither will my family or undoubtedly the witnesses and train driver. It could be regarded as selfish, yes, but when you're that far down the depression road, nothing matters. I know, I've touched that road myself. Having lived through it for so long and never getting any answers as to why, I sit on the fence. I totally and utterly sympathize with these poor people who feel they have to end their lives (so bravely - what a risk - what if the train didn't actually kill them - imagine the injuries they'd have to live with...), but it is oh so terrible for the people they leave behind. Of course it is very frustrating for the commuters but, unless you've been through it, people have no idea - and will make thoughtless comments. I've learned to ignore such ignorant statements - but it hurts inside. I am a little alarmed that Petts Wood is becoming so 'popular' for suicides though. Such a beautiful little village; so much pain. Carb Windsor
  • Score: 42

6:45am Fri 25 Apr 14

Markselondon says...

All these selfish commuters complaining because your train was delayed or cancelled due to a person jumping infront of a train what would you do if it was your family or friends who jumped. Also what about the poor train driver who can't stop the train in time and he has to wittness the whole thing.
All these selfish commuters complaining because your train was delayed or cancelled due to a person jumping infront of a train what would you do if it was your family or friends who jumped. Also what about the poor train driver who can't stop the train in time and he has to wittness the whole thing. Markselondon
  • Score: 26

7:34am Fri 25 Apr 14

TMC381 says...

Selfish evil trolls do not judge a person until u have walked their shoes, so your train was late think of how many lives have been affected by he death ... This lady was also my colleague and a lovely lady who had obviously got so low and into
Such a dark place that she could not see a way out not many of us can even begin to imagine that place ... If u have nothing nice to say keep it to yourselves
Selfish evil trolls do not judge a person until u have walked their shoes, so your train was late think of how many lives have been affected by he death ... This lady was also my colleague and a lovely lady who had obviously got so low and into Such a dark place that she could not see a way out not many of us can even begin to imagine that place ... If u have nothing nice to say keep it to yourselves TMC381
  • Score: 26

8:30am Fri 25 Apr 14

SteveCope says...

Some of the comments on the page Orpington Gossip were disgusting. These people have obviously never experienced severe depression, and how it completely takes you over.
You often don't think, you just see a way out. Often, you can control thay urge to end it all, but if you have had a difficult emotional day, are tired, and have nothing to loose, then often you can't stop yourself from ending it, no matter the cost.
It's sad, it impacts many people, but it is unavoidable in todays environment. With lack of public mental health services, loss of jobs and earnings, rise in cost of living and other stuff, more and more people are suffering alone and in silence from this debilitating and horrendus illness. If people stood up for eachothers jobs, working conditions and forced the government to act on rising cost of living, and stood against public sector privatisation and cuts, perhaps less people would suffer and less would end up killing themselves.
But then, people are so interested in their own little lives, that their sefish selves cannot think of others nor want to help people. Those who made nasty comments would step over a dying man just to get on a bus, not caring for him or his family.
Some of the comments on the page Orpington Gossip were disgusting. These people have obviously never experienced severe depression, and how it completely takes you over. You often don't think, you just see a way out. Often, you can control thay urge to end it all, but if you have had a difficult emotional day, are tired, and have nothing to loose, then often you can't stop yourself from ending it, no matter the cost. It's sad, it impacts many people, but it is unavoidable in todays environment. With lack of public mental health services, loss of jobs and earnings, rise in cost of living and other stuff, more and more people are suffering alone and in silence from this debilitating and horrendus illness. If people stood up for eachothers jobs, working conditions and forced the government to act on rising cost of living, and stood against public sector privatisation and cuts, perhaps less people would suffer and less would end up killing themselves. But then, people are so interested in their own little lives, that their sefish selves cannot think of others nor want to help people. Those who made nasty comments would step over a dying man just to get on a bus, not caring for him or his family. SteveCope
  • Score: 20

8:46am Fri 25 Apr 14

Slonik says...

Another very sad tragedy. RIP to the lady concerned and sympathies to the family and loved ones. The best way to deal with trolls and those who post offensive material is to ignore them - sad inadequate people who get off on stirring up trouble hate being ignored more than anything. A reaction is what they want because it makes them feel important for a few minutes. If what they've posted amounts offensive & possibly illegal material, then report them to the authorities. It's highly likely that these pathetic people post their hate all over the place wrongly believing that they're safe whilst hiding behind their pseudonyms and computer screens. Once their activities come under proper scrutiny, however, the extent of any law breaking will become apparent and appropriate action taken. People are going to jail for posting offensive material and the more these idiots are reported, the more they'll be getting a taste of Her Majesty's medicine.
Another very sad tragedy. RIP to the lady concerned and sympathies to the family and loved ones. The best way to deal with trolls and those who post offensive material is to ignore them - sad inadequate people who get off on stirring up trouble hate being ignored more than anything. A reaction is what they want because it makes them feel important for a few minutes. If what they've posted amounts offensive & possibly illegal material, then report them to the authorities. It's highly likely that these pathetic people post their hate all over the place wrongly believing that they're safe whilst hiding behind their pseudonyms and computer screens. Once their activities come under proper scrutiny, however, the extent of any law breaking will become apparent and appropriate action taken. People are going to jail for posting offensive material and the more these idiots are reported, the more they'll be getting a taste of Her Majesty's medicine. Slonik
  • Score: 22

1:48pm Fri 25 Apr 14

BeckenhamCloud9 says...

And Jake Heracleous tweeted: "No trains from Petts Wood as bloke decides to play chicken with train. Train 1-0 bloke."

Idiot can't even read - it was a lady who died
And Jake Heracleous tweeted: "No trains from Petts Wood as bloke decides to play chicken with train. Train 1-0 bloke." Idiot can't even read - it was a lady who died BeckenhamCloud9
  • Score: 12

1:51pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Edenian says...

This story highlights some of the problems related to the internet. Some people would say these things down the pub with their mates but because social media has a much wider reach it upsets people with a different perspective on life (and in this case death) We are all entitled to our opinion whatever that maybe but does hearing those opinions make it wrong? It may appear crass and offensive to most but others may find such opinions ok - maybe in an objective, dispassionate kind of way. Society still needs to adapt to a relatively new technology and way of communicating but in my humble opinion it's better to say nothing if in doubt about your audience as you make get a virtual punch in the face!
This story highlights some of the problems related to the internet. Some people would say these things down the pub with their mates but because social media has a much wider reach it upsets people with a different perspective on life (and in this case death) We are all entitled to our opinion whatever that maybe but does hearing those opinions make it wrong? It may appear crass and offensive to most but others may find such opinions ok - maybe in an objective, dispassionate kind of way. Society still needs to adapt to a relatively new technology and way of communicating but in my humble opinion it's better to say nothing if in doubt about your audience as you make get a virtual punch in the face! Edenian
  • Score: 7

2:05pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Lwhitley says...

She has a name... Wendy!! She was a beautiful, kind hearted, respectful lady
Wendy was a work m8.. Shame of it all is none of u no the part she played
In reducing crime in Bromley..!!! In her right mind she would not have done this... A mum, sister, friend.. She was a human being.. A life which is more important than ur sad journey to work..!!! I feel for every1 involved driver to witnesses...!!! Spare a thought people because u don't know what others are going through.. A smile or morning may have made the difference...!!! Society is ignorant and that's becos of us.. So try it smile or say hi..!! Cud mean the world to some1 as lovely as Wendy was..!!
She has a name... Wendy!! She was a beautiful, kind hearted, respectful lady Wendy was a work m8.. Shame of it all is none of u no the part she played In reducing crime in Bromley..!!! In her right mind she would not have done this... A mum, sister, friend.. She was a human being.. A life which is more important than ur sad journey to work..!!! I feel for every1 involved driver to witnesses...!!! Spare a thought people because u don't know what others are going through.. A smile or morning may have made the difference...!!! Society is ignorant and that's becos of us.. So try it smile or say hi..!! Cud mean the world to some1 as lovely as Wendy was..!! Lwhitley
  • Score: 29

2:09pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Lwhitley says...

And to all u perfect people who are saying nasty things... The world
Is like this because of ur ignorance!!! How wud u feel if it was ur mum, sister, friend... Wud u then be nasty if ur train was late??? A thought for u..!!!
And to all u perfect people who are saying nasty things... The world Is like this because of ur ignorance!!! How wud u feel if it was ur mum, sister, friend... Wud u then be nasty if ur train was late??? A thought for u..!!! Lwhitley
  • Score: 17

3:36pm Fri 25 Apr 14

flea_in_ear says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
People are entitled to the opinions no matter how horrible and tasteless they are.
Indeed. But there is a time and place, and etiquette. There are people left behind. You got something to say to someone, be brave and say it when they're there to defend themselves. None of us on here have any idea at all as to what drove this woman to do what she did. There but for the grace of God.
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: People are entitled to the opinions no matter how horrible and tasteless they are.[/p][/quote]Indeed. But there is a time and place, and etiquette. There are people left behind. You got something to say to someone, be brave and say it when they're there to defend themselves. None of us on here have any idea at all as to what drove this woman to do what she did. There but for the grace of God. flea_in_ear
  • Score: 10

3:37pm Fri 25 Apr 14

flea_in_ear says...

Just had a very quick look at the offensive posts referred to, and well, these people aren't terribly well educated, are they?
Just had a very quick look at the offensive posts referred to, and well, these people aren't terribly well educated, are they? flea_in_ear
  • Score: 12

3:39pm Fri 25 Apr 14

flea_in_ear says...

Beckenham Chris wrote:
Its tragic for anyone to top themselves,but its selfish to jump in front of a train.not because it makes a few people late,but because the jumper does not think of the effect that their action will have on witnesses and especially the driver and the people who have to clean up the mess.
Possibly someone who has got to the point of committing suicide will not be thinking along such logical lines - hmmm?
[quote][p][bold]Beckenham Chris[/bold] wrote: Its tragic for anyone to top themselves,but its selfish to jump in front of a train.not because it makes a few people late,but because the jumper does not think of the effect that their action will have on witnesses and especially the driver and the people who have to clean up the mess.[/p][/quote]Possibly someone who has got to the point of committing suicide will not be thinking along such logical lines - hmmm? flea_in_ear
  • Score: 12

5:36pm Fri 25 Apr 14

ajae1234 says...

This lady...was my friendi worked with her for many years this only happened on wednesday. This is still raw and upsetting for me. And to hear someone so blaise and offensive towards my friends death. Your train was delayed..u are still alive u have ur health but have lost your thought process and sympathy for others along the way.

Amanda w - orpington.
This lady...was my friendi worked with her for many years this only happened on wednesday. This is still raw and upsetting for me. And to hear someone so blaise and offensive towards my friends death. Your train was delayed..u are still alive u have ur health but have lost your thought process and sympathy for others along the way. Amanda w - orpington. ajae1234
  • Score: 20

7:11pm Fri 25 Apr 14

markofthesidcup5 says...

This poor woman, probably so depressed and at the end of her tether. All the people that moaned about being delayed and being inconvenienced and called her selfish , what about you , you don't have to cope with the loss of a family member or friend , that will stay with them for a long time perhaps all their life , 1 day later and your inconvenience will be forgotten and your life unaffected , shame on you ! Ever studied depression or have any knowledge of mental health I very much doubt it
My heart and thoughts go out to her family
This poor woman, probably so depressed and at the end of her tether. All the people that moaned about being delayed and being inconvenienced and called her selfish , what about you , you don't have to cope with the loss of a family member or friend , that will stay with them for a long time perhaps all their life , 1 day later and your inconvenience will be forgotten and your life unaffected , shame on you ! Ever studied depression or have any knowledge of mental health I very much doubt it My heart and thoughts go out to her family markofthesidcup5
  • Score: 13

5:18pm Mon 28 Apr 14

london10 says...

Carb Windsor wrote:
I am the daughter of the most precious mother who died in front of a train at Petts Wood Station over 25 years ago. I will never get over it, neither will my family or undoubtedly the witnesses and train driver. It could be regarded as selfish, yes, but when you're that far down the depression road, nothing matters. I know, I've touched that road myself. Having lived through it for so long and never getting any answers as to why, I sit on the fence. I totally and utterly sympathize with these poor people who feel they have to end their lives (so bravely - what a risk - what if the train didn't actually kill them - imagine the injuries they'd have to live with...), but it is oh so terrible for the people they leave behind. Of course it is very frustrating for the commuters but, unless you've been through it, people have no idea - and will make thoughtless comments. I've learned to ignore such ignorant statements - but it hurts inside. I am a little alarmed that Petts Wood is becoming so 'popular' for suicides though. Such a beautiful little village; so much pain.
I used to live in Orpington and know petts wood well, sorry about your mum, yes all these trolls, do have a point, but to be honest they would be better just keeping quiet and avoiding hurting those left behind by the deceased, if i were travelling when that happened, of course i wouldn't want to be late, but id accept it as a sad part of life, and get on with it, not knock the person who killed themselves. Although it is one of the worst ways to do it for those that see or have to deal with the aftermath.

I now live near darford bridge and it seemed every month or two someone would throw themselves off the bridge into the thames, or have to be talked down, people would moan about that being selfish holding up the traffic, and being selfish because people see it.

Fortunately it hasnt happened for quite some time, but it occurred so often it is just a matter of time. Sadly.

I had a cousin who hung hiself and one who died through too much drugs, suicide is very on those left behind, in your case that must have been so confusing and hurt alot, i wish you all the best Carb Windsor and please remember, some people just dont think of the effect of their comments can have on others. take care, and be strong.
[quote][p][bold]Carb Windsor[/bold] wrote: I am the daughter of the most precious mother who died in front of a train at Petts Wood Station over 25 years ago. I will never get over it, neither will my family or undoubtedly the witnesses and train driver. It could be regarded as selfish, yes, but when you're that far down the depression road, nothing matters. I know, I've touched that road myself. Having lived through it for so long and never getting any answers as to why, I sit on the fence. I totally and utterly sympathize with these poor people who feel they have to end their lives (so bravely - what a risk - what if the train didn't actually kill them - imagine the injuries they'd have to live with...), but it is oh so terrible for the people they leave behind. Of course it is very frustrating for the commuters but, unless you've been through it, people have no idea - and will make thoughtless comments. I've learned to ignore such ignorant statements - but it hurts inside. I am a little alarmed that Petts Wood is becoming so 'popular' for suicides though. Such a beautiful little village; so much pain.[/p][/quote]I used to live in Orpington and know petts wood well, sorry about your mum, yes all these trolls, do have a point, but to be honest they would be better just keeping quiet and avoiding hurting those left behind by the deceased, if i were travelling when that happened, of course i wouldn't want to be late, but id accept it as a sad part of life, and get on with it, not knock the person who killed themselves. Although it is one of the worst ways to do it for those that see or have to deal with the aftermath. I now live near darford bridge and it seemed every month or two someone would throw themselves off the bridge into the thames, or have to be talked down, people would moan about that being selfish holding up the traffic, and being selfish because people see it. Fortunately it hasnt happened for quite some time, but it occurred so often it is just a matter of time. Sadly. I had a cousin who hung hiself and one who died through too much drugs, suicide is very on those left behind, in your case that must have been so confusing and hurt alot, i wish you all the best Carb Windsor and please remember, some people just dont think of the effect of their comments can have on others. take care, and be strong. london10
  • Score: 4

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