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Teenager killed herself after losing university place and owing council tax


Lara Calthrop took her own life four days after Christmas last year over fears of debt and losing her place at university (Picture: BPM)

An inquest has heard that a father turned up at a train station to pick her up only to be told that she had killed herself, Metro reported.

Lara Colthrop, 19, took her own life after getting into debt with council tax and losing her university place after failing her exams.

She continued to live with flatmates at Queen Mary, University Of London, unaware that she would have to pay council tax because she was no longer a student.

Her mother told Maidstone Coroner’s Court that the family was finding it difficult to deal with her death but wanted to raise awareness of teenage suicide.

She said: ‘We spoke on a daily basis and are heartbroken that she didn’t open up to us about the difficulties she was facing.

‘For us, those problems were all solvable but a 19-year-old doesn’t always rationalise in the same way that adults do.

‘What Lara taught us, being our first-born child, is that there is such a thing as unconditional love and we would have tried to help her no matter what.’

Shaun Carroll from British Transport Police said that Lara had been on a night out at Wetherspoon’s in Tunbridge Wells.

When she returned to her parents in Hildenborough she rang her father, Ben, saying she was walking back from the station.

He tried calling her back but didn’t get a response so he walked to the station to meet her, but he was met by police officers.

Mrs Calthrop said since the tragedy the family had been raising funds for the teenage suicide awareness charity Papyrus with a sponsored walk in the Brecon Beacons, a run in London and a sponsored cycle in Kent.

She added: ‘She [Lara] was the type of person who was a fiercely loyal friend and would always reach out to anyone in need putting their emotional needs before hers.

‘For now, we are missing Lara desperately but want to focus on healing as afamily and looking after our other two teenage children who need our support more than ever now and also mean the world to us.’

Summing up senior coroner, Roger Hatch said after hearing the evidence ‘he was sadly left with the conclusion that Lara’s death was due to suicide.’

Culled from Metro

My view: That's so sad, it's like some Universities don't just care if young students are going through financial difficulties, you just have to pay for whatever bills. It's difficult living on a student budget? - More students than ever are stressed about having enough to live on. The stress and worry of financial problems can lead to severe depression, it's really sad.

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