Skip to comments.Schoolboy shot himself after police questioned him over "sexual texts"
Posted on 06/14/2013 4:44:07 AM PDT by markomalley
Charlie Booth, 16, was worried he would get into trouble after police visited to discuss sexual text messages he sent to a girl.
He was described as a remarkable young man by his headteacher at the prestigious £10,000-a-year Gads Hill School in Higham, Kent, set in the former home of Charles Dickens.
Charlie was found dead by his parents on March 8 at their home in Watling Street, Cobham, Kent.
The coroner ruled that Charlie took his own life.
Hours before his death police were called to the family's home between 6pm and 7pm to reports of text messages of a sexual nature being sent to a girl, the inquest at Gravesend's Old Town Hall heard.
Det Sgt Lee Neiles, of Kent Police, told the inquest: "She wanted them to stop.
"Nick (Charlie's father) gave him words of advice and they went to KFC in Valley Drive in Gravesend and Nick said he (Charlie) had to be careful about contacting young girls.
"They had a KFC but Charlie seemed withdrawn."
They returned home and Charlie went to his bedroom.
Around 10pm his mother Julia came back from an evening with her friends in Bluewater to hear about the complaints made against Charlie.
She told her son off and confiscated his mobile phone.
Around 30 minutes later while Mr and Mrs Booth were downstairs they heard a loud bang.
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In the UK I thought suicide by firearms could not happen.
What a homophobic pervert.
No wonder the police had to get involved.
Kids lose many of their best years to schooling. Those that survive have the opportunity to begin the long road to recovery. This boy wasn’t among them.
We do not know what the content of the texts he sent were, nor do we know the age of the recipient.
So let's just presume the worst. It's the safest thing to do.
Once upon a time one parent would go talk to the other parent.
I’m distracted by the expression “they had a KFC...”
ok, that was not neccesary or funny.
A darwin award is for someone who removes themselves from the gene pool in an extraordinary act of stupidity.
This was a suicide, and does not qualify
This kid probably had other problems. This does not even come close to the kind of thing I’d expect a kid to commit suicide over.
Most adolescents don’t realize that, even 5 years hence, they won’t even remember most of the things that seem so damn important at that age.
In a police State, adolescence and the natural course of puppy love is now a matter for the authorities.
In a Sane World, this is an Issue between Parents
The Daughter tells her Mom
The Mom talks to the boys Mom
The Boys Mom (or Dad) talks to the Boy
Whippings, if necessary, are optional
Rejection by the girl may have been more motivation than parent or police objections to the sexting.
Plus the parents took away his cellphone. My daughter and most of her friends would throw themselves out the nearest window if we did that, if they didn’t die of embarassment, shock, and withdrawal first.
He seemed to have been holding it together until his Mom came home from a “night out with the girls” and chewed him out, probably in a drunken rage after spending hours listening to stories about horrible men.
He reacted in the most extreme way possible. Rather than assume the worst, let’s infer that we do not have all the relevant facts.
ya, the concept of ISOLATION, so you’re forced to consider the consequences of your behavior, has become an alien idea.
“with so many mixed messages out there” No kidding.
Not excuse bad/criminal behavior on the part of young men but last night I was going home with my young teenaged son from an event and we stopped to get a soda. There were 5 girls in there and everyone of them had on shorts up to their crotch and tight fitting a-frame t-shirts and their bra straps hanging out and more make-up than a rodeo clown. What exactly do these girls want and expect when it doesn’t quite go the way the thought it would?
“They had a KFC but Charlie seemed withdrawn.”
Unless they're gay.
A ‘whipping’ of a 16-year-old boy?
You seem eager to pick an unprovoked fight. Have a better day than the one you’ve been having.
Oops, my mistake! Ordinarily intentionally self inflicted does not, in fact qualify for a Darwin Award (there have been some notable exceptions). Your post, citing someone who removes themselves from the gene pool in an extraordinary act of stupidity would almost seem to, however. Kid messes up, Girl wants him to stop, calls police. Police go to get him to stop. Mom tells him off and takes away phone. BANG! Kid self imposes death penalty. For texting / sexting? For having his phone taken away? For getting in trouble with the Law? None of this seems worth dying for. The note probably tells something...
Kids lose many of their best years to schooling.
I missed 13 days per quarter and used them VERY wisely.
(1) He engaged in some cheeky but ultimately harmless texting.
(2) The girl he texted completely overreacted and should never have called the police.
(3) His decision to commit suicide was a respectable one, and should be blamed on other people.
Dissent from this "logic" is not permitted, is morally wrong to even contemplate, and probably means that you are an opponent of marriage or something.
Thank goodness, he didn’t do it while driving... /s
You’re the sensitive one.
Good for you!
Even though my father was a strong advocate of schooling as a tool for “keeping kids in line”, he kept us home from time to time so we could learn stuff.
That was in the 70s. Schools were awful places even then. But the “Boys are problems” and “Hit it! Hit it! Hit it!” siege had not yet begun.
I don’t think I’d survive schooling today.
Why do you and I let things like that distract us?
I am sure they really meant KGC. KFC is so yesteryear... (yum)
“This was a suicide, and does not qualify”.
Being dumb enough to kill oneself is a bad idea - there is a world of people just brimming with those whom Texans describe as follows: “Some folks just need shootin’.”
Were the text messages sufficiently perverse, he could immigrate to America and become a Democrat.
I like your tagline, but one ‘teensy’ change - Islam is a neuter plural noun and hence - Islam Delendum Est. more info at http://ancienthistory.about.com/b/2004/12/14/delenda-est-shouldnt-be-destroyed.htm She looks not guilty to me.
Silly me, I learned manners from my parents and grandparents at HOME. I was expected to use them everywhere, but my sisters and I learned them at home.
Kill the upper classes
Kill the spirit of invention, replace it with glorious diversity
Kill the Individual, replace his soul with ‘notions’ of individuality
Kill the composer
Kill the schools
Kill the guardians of culture
Kill the borders
Kill the castles
Kill the boy who dreams of being special
Kill aggression kill the hunter
Kill the heterosexual kill the poet kill the passion
Kill those who would cite Orwell and Huxley
Kill the Man.
“Submission.” Allahu Akhbar.
Makes me think of that old Police song:
I guess this is our last goodbye
And you don’t care so I won’t cry
But you’ll be sorry when I’m dead
And all this guilt will be on your head
I guess you’d call it suicide
But I’m too full to swallow my pride
I can’t....I can’t...I can’t stand losing.......can’t stand losing you...
We had a 16 yr. old foster daughter years ago that we bought nice jeans for. We let her wear them to school. My wife gets a call saying that the girls attire was inappropriate, that her shorts were to short. When my wife got to the school she found out that the "little Angel" had snuck a pair of Daisy Dukes and changed into those.
My wife had her change into a pair of my baggy sweats and red hunting suspenders. She then informed the child in front of the school nurse, Principal, and Guidance counselor, that if she pulled a stunt like this again; the sweats and suspenders would be her normal school attire.
Not to mention many girls now send pictures of themselves wearing even less or nothing to boys, along with sexy messages. It seems to be a very confusing time for kids to grow up- everything goes, but then not really. If attention is wanted it is all good but if there is no interest in the person doing it then it is criminal...
When did we give up our responsibility as adults to make sure that children have manners before they go to school? When did teaching manners become the school responsibility?
This is the way hollyweird has portrayed teenage life. If you can stomach to watch them, watch the shows on the Disney and Family Channel (suppose to be family oriented my butt). I don’t count the ones on MTV and such because they are just shi_t. Every show has teenagers emulating adult scenarios: affairs, overblown drama, confronting adult authority, parents being bff’s to their kids instead of parents, stupid and detached parents, multiple suitors (lack of a better word for whoring around), pregnancies, and a host of other stuff that most adults do not really ever encounter. It is this stupid idea promulgated that we have to expose them to everything to make them safe. BS. Even the so called young adult movies have the same drama.
We were wondering where our then 12-13 year old was getting some of her talking points and that is it. We shut that outlet down but the damage has been hard to reverse because some of the other kids she knows sees the same crap and talk about it.
I am glad my girls are grown, would hate to deal with all that. When they were growing up we barely had TV, just networks and bad reception with a long range antenna. We got satellite when they were in high school and I wasn’t thrilled with what was on for teens even then, I know it is worse now. I pray for my grandkids exposed to all that garbage and the mixed messages.
*WHEW* wiping brow. I thought for a second you were advocating this. For the record I am a public high school teacher and I live in Virginia.
These kids are born saying "Sir" and "Ma'am" (Occasionally I have to remind the ninth graders about "Please and thank you") But they hold doors open for the ladies and wait for the adults to enter the room.
Common phrasing over here. This morning, for example, I had a McDonalds and then for my tea I had a chip shop!
Careful you don’t have to “go to hospital”.