A 'lovely' teenager who was caught in a love triangle killed himself because he thought both girls were upset with him, an inquest has heard.
William Davis, 16, who was known as Charlie, jumped in front of a train in February after an argument over his Facebook relationship status.
The popular student and keen Scout had fallen out with his girlfriend after he changed the status on his online profile because a second girl had threatened to harm herself if he did not go out with her.
The inquest heard Charlie had confided in another female friend that he was worried about the situation with the two girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and was concerned he had 'mucked everything up' with his girlfriend.
Coroner Edward Thomas said: 'The evening before he had been in discussion with a close friend. They had a conversation about relationship difficulties.
'Somebody wanted to go out with him and if he wasn’t going to go out with her, she would harm herself.
'Charlie changed his status on Facebook, somebody saw it and told somebody else. Somebody told his girlfriend and she wasn’t very happy.'
The coroner said Charlie had exchanged a 'flurry' of text messages with his girlfriend
The next day he had told a friend he was feeling 'the same as last night', the inquest in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, heard.
He went to class at Hertfield Regional College, in Ware, where he was studying engineering, but told a teacher he had not been sleeping well and could not concentrate.
Because he was a good student, he was excused and allowed return to his home in Winchmore Hill, north London.
At home he saw his mother and brother, but told them at around 1pm that he was going back to college.
But at 2.10pm he jumped in front of a train at Cheshunt station, in Hertfordshire.
Witness Joshua Rumball told the inquest he had seen Charlie and that he did not appear to stumble.
The train driver said he was only aware of a shape in the corner of his field of vision at the last moment and then heard the impact.
A post mortem examination revealed that Charlie had died as a result of multiple injuries.
An investigation, led by British Transport Police on behalf of the Hertfordshire coroner, found the teenager had been upset at the time of his death.
Mr Thomas said he believed Charlie’s decision to jump in front of the train had been almost instantaneous.
'He obviously felt very troubled by having let somebody down and in a way it shows his compassion and care,' he said.
'He was such a nice young man. He cared. He’s young and things happen and he’s not yet emotionally adult enough to handle the situation.'
He added: 'Sadly young people, when things are upsetting or something’s not going quite right, sometimes feel ‘That’s it’, and it isn’t, because the next day you can move on.'
Praising the student, who had hoped to go on to university, he said: 'He had a great interest in things and was very keen at Cadets. He was clearly much-loved and well thought of by many people.
'That comes across from all the interests and activities. He was a lovely young man and this is why this is so tragic.'
Charlie's father Anthony said: 'I feel it is one of those things, a moment of madness which occurred at the wrong time, at the wrong place.
'My wife and I have gone through turmoil trying to understand. We have lost a beautiful young boy.'
Charlie's Scout group, the 5th Southgate Scouts, have set up a memorial fund in his name to help children get involved with Scouting activities.
In a statement, the group said: 'Charlie very much loved Scouts and was rarely happier than when he was away camping or taking part in activities.'