Girl took own life after being teased about break-up, inquest hears

Schoolgirl, 16, took her own life when she stepped in front of train after being teased about break-up, inquest hears

  • Lucy Fagg, 16, had been teased about a break-up shortly before her death
  • She stepped in front of a train at Sturry station near Canterbury, Kent in March
  • Heartbroken family called Lucy ‘sweetest, most kind-hearted girl in the world’
  • For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, or click here for details 

A schoolgirl took her own life when she stepped in front of a train after being teased about a break-up, an inquest heard.

Lucy Fagg, 16, had been subjected to name-calling after the breakdown of a relationship before she killed herself at a station in Sturry, near Canterbury in Kent, on March 6.

On the day she died, a friend who was worried about the teenager’s state of mind rushed to meet her at the station — but was stuck on the wrong side of the crossing barriers as a train approached.

An inquest yesterday heard she watched helplessly as Lucy stepped in front of a train.

Following the tragedy, British Transport Police carried out an investigation which revealed the events leading up to the death of the teenager — described by her family as ‘the sweetest, most kind-hearted girl in the world’.

Lucy Fagg, 16, had been subjected to name-calling after the breakdown of a relationship before she killed herself at a station in Sturry, near Canterbury in Kent, on March 6

Deeply concerned, her friend rushed to Sturry railway station, knowing Lucy had been there before intending to harm herself. As they were stuck behind the level crossing barriers, they frantically tried to get the attention of others at the station to alert them to Lucy, who was on the platform. But Lucy was sadly struck by a train after stepping in front of it

The inquest at Maidstone County Hall heard how the sporty and ambitious girl, who dreamed of becoming a zookeeper when she left school, had been feeling down.

On the day of her death, she had been ‘a little bit down’ after having to sit an exam in a separate room to her classmates.

After school, she had gone for a meal with a friend in Canterbury to ‘cheer her up’ before catching a bus home. Her friend told how Lucy had ‘skipped off, blowing kisses to him as she got off the bus’.

Lucy returned to her home before telling her mother she was going to the supermarket to buy some fruit.

Rebecca Saunders, who led BTP’s investigation, told the inquest that during that time Lucy received a social media message which had left her upset, telling another friend she was ‘done’.

Deeply concerned, her friend rushed with her own mother to Sturry railway station, knowing Lucy had been there before intending to harm herself.

As they were stuck behind the level crossing barriers, they frantically tried to get the attention of others at the station to alert them to Lucy, who was on the platform.

But Lucy was sadly struck by a train after stepping in front of it. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Following Lucy’s death, her aunt found an eight-page letter she had written on a notepad in her bedroom.

Dated March 1, it contained messages addressed to her family, friends and teachers indicating she no longer wanted to live.


On the day she died, a friend who was worried about Lucy’s state of mind rushed to meet her at the station — but was stuck on the wrong side of the crossing barriers as a train approached. An inquest yesterday heard she watched helplessly as Lucy stepped in front of a train

Recording a conclusion of suicide, coroner Catherine Wood said it was clear Lucy’s intention was to end her life.

Following her death, Lucy’s devastated family paid tribute to the teenager, who was the youngest of three children.

Lucy’s older sister, Sophie, 19, remembered her as ‘kind-hearted’ and a ‘beautiful young woman’.

She added: ‘She was the sweetest, most kind-hearted girl in the world; the most innocent and lovely girl you could have met.

‘She was so beautiful and had a truly wonderful soul. Lucy did anything she could for anyone. She was an amazing sister.

‘She was always giggling, that amazing little giggle that I yearn to hear once more.’

Her mother Tammy, 43, described their much-loved girl as an all-rounder who ‘achieved everything she set her mind to’.

Following the tragedy, British Transport Police carried out an investigation which revealed the events leading up to the death of the teenager — described by her family as ‘the sweetest, most kind-hearted girl in the world’ (pictured, with her father Stuart)

She said: ‘There was no failing in Lucy’s book. Once she achieved something, that was that, next project.

‘It was like a little bucket list — ‘I wanted to do that, done it, I wanted to do that, done it’. She had to give things the best she had.

‘There’s not a sport she wasn’t good at — diving, fishing, long jump, gymnastics.’

As a life-long animal lover, Lucy had a treasured pet chihuahua, Rosie, and a budgie named Kiwi, which she taught to speak.

She dreamed of turning her passion into a career, and had been offered a place at college to work with animals after finishing her GCSEs, with the aim of becoming a zookeeper.

Lucy was also an avid Liverpool fan who ‘would never miss a game for anything’, and a talented angler, who regularly spent weekends fishing with her dad at Chartham and District Angling Society.

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