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Warning about suicide websites after teen's train death at Beckenham Junction
WEBSITES promoting self-harm and suicide influenced a ‘popular, beautiful girl’ to take her own life.
This is the view of Rosie Whitaker’s parents who are warning other impressionable youngsters and parents of the dangers of such sites and online communities.
Fifteen-year-old Rosie died after being hit by a train at Beckenham Junction at around 9.35pm on Monday night.
Emergency services attended but the Langley Park School for Girls (LPSG) pupil was pronounced dead at the station.
In a statement her family said: “Rosie was a popular, beautiful girl who brought joy to everyone through her various talents, including dancing and performing at the Royal Opera House, diving, writing poetry and piano playing.
“For most of her life, she was very happy and planned to follow a career in which she would help others.
“She was a well-balanced and well-loved young lady who had everything to live for.
“However, during a period of stress brought on by the pressures of conforming to her peer group and studying hard for GCSE exams, it appears she was, unfortunately, heavily influenced by websites and online communities promoting self-harm and suicide.
“We hope her tragic death serves as a warning to other impressionable youngsters and their parents that such sites pose grave risks.
“Rosie will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all her family and friends.”
LPSG's headteacher Dr Anne Hudson said: “The entire school community at Langley Park School for Girls is deeply saddened at the news of the tragic death of Rosie Whitaker.
“Rosie was a very talented student who excelled at music, diving, dance and creative writing.
"She was an inspiration to those who taught her as well as those who learned with her.
"More importantly, she was much loved by students as well as staff.
“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very difficult time.”
British Transport Police is treating the incident as non-suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.
The train involved was the 9.22pm London Victoria to Ramsgate service.
The line was closed while emergency services were working at the scene and it was reopened at 11.06pm.