Horror as young children witness Year 9 pupil being hit and killed by train
Young children have been left traumatised after witnessing a teenager being hit and killed by a train on their way home from school.
Parents have told how their sons and daughters have been left "shaken" after the Year 9 pupil died in the tragedy at Chertsey station in Surrey.
The teen was fatally struck by a South Western Railway train at about 4pm on Monday shortly after the end of the school day, and just days before the start of pupils' summer break.
One mum wrote on Facebook : "Can't stop thinking of the boy and his family. My daughter was at the train station when it happened, she was all shaken up."
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The parent added: "Can't imagine what the parents going through. Poor boy rest in peace
Another mum wrote: "My son was there. He is in pieces.
"My thoughts go out to the family. So sad. Haven't stopped crying."
A witness wrote: "It was so very sad watching it all unfold."
The secondary school pupil died at the scene, and British Transport Police (BTP) remained there on Tuesday as they continue to investigate his death.
Bouquets of flowers were attached to a metal fence outside the station.
He was a Year 9 pupil at Salesian School, where counsellors and an education psychologist were on hand on Tuesday to support students and staff, SurreyLive reported.
In a statement, head teacher James Kibble wrote: "We were devastated to find out that, following an incident at Chertsey station, one of our Year 9 students died.
"This is an incredibly difficult situation for everyone, but knowing the faith, compassion and strength of our school community, I am confident that we will work together to support one another.
"We would ask that our community joins together to remember the student and their family in their prayers at this incredibly sad time.”
A sports day was due to be held on Tuesday, but it was cancelled and all pupils were told to report to school.
Parents were informed in an email from Mr Kibble, who wrote: "I am very sorry to inform those of you who haven’t already heard that, following an incident at Chertsey Station, one of our Year 9 children died this afternoon.
"We will be holding a series of assemblies in the morning to talk to the students about what has happened and how we can support them to cope if they are struggling.
"We will have counsellors and our Educational Psychologist on site for any child in need of professional support and will assume parental consent for any child that requests this service, unless we hear from you to the contrary.
"Children benefit from structure and routine in situations like this and we would encourage you to send children to school [on Tuesday]."
He added: "This is a difficult situation for everyone but knowing the faith, compassion and strength of our school community, I am confident that we will work together to support one another through the challenges ahead.
"Please do remember the student, the family and the school in your prayers and thank you in advance for everything I know you will do to support us over the coming days."
School staff were on hand at the station on Tuesday morning.
South Western Railway is offering support to staff affected by the tragedy.
Our Lady of the Rosary Church, in Staines, kept its doors open on Monday evening for people who wanted to light a candle and pray.
Father Philip Dyer-Perry wrote on Facebook: "As many of our children attend Salesian School, and many of our families will know those affected (and indeed by affected themselves), as a parish community we pray for the child who died, for their family, for their friends and for all who are affected in any way.
"At a time like this, a lot of people are devastated and many will not know how to respond.
"This is not an easy thing to speak about, and some of things we or others say may seem inappropriate or out of place – but all this is perfectly normal and very natural.
Most of us are not good at saying just the right words in just the right way. But the important thing is that we care and that we are here for each other."
BTP said the incident is not being treated as suspicious.
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