A “bullied” 14-year-old boy was killed by a practice moments after he handed over his cell phone and faculty bag to horrified classmates.
Sobbing associates screamed “I noticed it, I noticed it” after Sam Connor lay down on the tracks earlier than being struck at four p.m. on Monday (native time) at Chertsey station.
Greater than 50 kids and adults from Roman Catholic college Salesian have been understood to have been standing on the platform on the time of the tragedy.
Cops have been referred to as to usher them away from the horrific scene so specialist physique restoration specialists may take away his stays from the tracks.
Considered one of Sam’s associates stated he was being bullied and would sit on his personal within the playground at break time.
It’s understood a scrawled word — believed to be a suicide word — was discovered close by.
A household good friend advised The Solar: “Sam was being bullied in school however I don’t know the way. A number of kids are bullied however it will need to have been horrendous for him to resort to this.”
Devastated associates have described Sam as “vivid and in style” and revealed the teenager was one of many “nicest and most charming” boys at an area breakdancing membership.
One posted a heartbreaking tribute on Fb, alongside a photograph of Sam along with his breakdancing buddies.
He wrote: “Can not even consider an emotion to explain how I’m proper now aside from simply heartbroken. No guardian ought to ever must bury their very own youngster. The kid ought to at all times bury the dad and mom.
“The crying with happiness, the laughs, the dancing won’t ever be the identical with out you. Relaxation in peace Sam you absolute legend.
“Breaking isn’t going to be the identical with you gone. Hope you’re nonetheless dancing on the market within the skies.”
Tragic Identical was ‘bullied’
The proprietor of a comfort retailer near the Connor household residence in Ashford additionally spoke of his shock on the 14-year-old’s dying.
He stated: “He was at all times so well mannered and a very pretty lad. I simply can’t imagine what has occurred.”
Others have described how Sam was being bullied, which the varsity has denied.
“It’s horrible. I’ve associates who have been there and noticed the entire thing,” one boy advised the Every day Mail.
“[He] handed his bag and telephone to his associates after which lay down on the monitor in entrance of the practice.
“A number of the older pupils have been actually good — they held everybody again and made positive everybody else was secure.
“They stated he was being bullied. It’s solely 4 days till college breaks up and also you’d have thought he’d be capable of get assist.”
Greater than 25 floral tributes have been left on the gates of the station at this time, with one studying: “So sorry that life wasn’t kinder to you sweetheart. RIP Angel.”
One other good friend, Teri Jones, added: “R.I.P little man. Discover your happiness in heaven.”
Within the wake of the tragedy on Monday, a candy store employee stated tearful kids ran screaming into her retailer, which is reverse the station.
She stated: “It was so unhappy. Kids have been operating round crying and screaming.
“One younger lady got here within the store in tears and was screaming ‘I’ve seen all of it’.
“We appeared out and noticed the practice on the platform and put two and two collectively.
“The youngsters on the platform didn’t know what to do.”
Sobbing associates referred to as his identify
Horrified witnesses additionally claimed sobbing pupils had referred to as out Sam’s identify after he was struck by the practice.
One passenger, who was on the practice when it hit the boy, advised the Mail On-line: “The practice stopped very abruptly with just one carriage alongside the platform.
“I assumed possibly one of many children had dropped their telephone as they have been all trying down on the wheels of the carriage.
“We noticed among the ladies beginning to cry; we noticed among the boys leaning down, actually on their knees, calling down between the practice and the tracks, calling ‘Sam, Sam’.”
A faculty spokesman advised the newspaper that they had “no document” of the boy being bullied and couldn’t make any additional remark.
Headteacher James Kibble stated the varsity is “devastated” and it will likely be holding a sequence of assemblies to assist college students come to phrases with the tragedy.
He wrote: “We have been devastated to seek out out that, following an incident at Chertsey station, one in all our Yr 9 college students died this afternoon.
“That is an extremely troublesome state of affairs for everybody, however understanding the religion, compassion, and energy of our faculty group, I’m assured that we’ll work collectively to assist each other.
“This can begin from very first thing tomorrow, and might be holding a sequence of assemblies to speak to the scholars about what has occurred and the way we will collectively come to phrases with this tragedy.
“We might ask that our group joins collectively to recollect the coed and their household of their prayers at this extremely unhappy time.”
The annual sports activities day was as a result of happen yesterday however was canceled after the tragedy.
An academic psychologist and counselors are on-site to assist the children.
A British Transport Police spokesman stated: “Officers have been referred to as to Chertsey station at 4pm following stories of a casualty on the tracks.
“Paramedics additionally attended and sadly an individual has been pronounced lifeless on the scene. The incident just isn’t being handled as suspicious and a file might be ready for the coroner.”