Boy, 16, Kills Himself After He Got In Trouble With His Parents For Sending Sex Text Messages To Girl

Boy, 16, Kills Himself After He Got In Trouble With His Parents For Sending Sex Text Messages To Girl

A schoolboy blasted himself in the head with a shotgun he was given as a 15th birthday present.

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 Gad's Hill School in Higham, Kent, set in the former home of Charles Dickens.

Boy, 16, Kills Himself After He Got In Trouble With His Parents For Sending Sex Text Messages To Girl

Charlie was found dead by his parents on March 8 at their home in 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 yesterday.

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'They had a KFC but Charlie seemed withdrawn.'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.

Det Sgt Neiles said: 'They went to his bedroom and Julia saw a light coming from the spare room and found him on the floor in the corridor.

'She said she saw him on his side and he was clearly dead.'

Kent Police and South East Coast Ambulance were called at 10.32pm and Charlie was pronounced dead at the scene.

Det Sgt Neiles told the court Charlie shot himself with the intention to commit suicide.

Boy, 16, Kills Himself After He Got In Trouble With His Parents For Sending Sex Text Messages To Girl

 

He said: 'This is on the basis Charlie had a shotgun and knew the power it possessed and Charlie was extremely worried about getting into trouble regarding the text messages.

'The note in his jogging bottoms appears to be a suicide note.'

Paying tribute to Charlie, Det Sgt Neiles said: 'Charlie was a popular boy who enjoyed playing rugby and hockey.

Shooting champion Charlie received a gun as a present for his 15th birthday and was a member of Gad’s Combined Cadet Forces (CCF), which trains pupils in a range of military activities including shooting, survival training, rock climbing and taking part in assault courses.

 

 

Det Sgt Neiles said: 'Everybody chipped into to buy him the gun and he was over the moon.

'He was a totally responsible and was trusted by people to handle a gun.

'He used to go out shooting with his dad. He was a typical country boy. He never drank, apart from the occasional cider with his dad.'

Passing verdict, North Kent Coroner Roger Hatch said: 'I have no alternative to record other than Charlie Booth took his own life. I express my sympathies to the family.'

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