A model student who reportedly feared he would be kicked out of college over a ‘silly’ prank involving Nazi propaganda killed himself days later.
Alex Carter-White and another pupil had been caught photocopying the Nazi eagle emblem on Exeter College’s CCTV and leaving it on the machine, an inquest heard.
His IT and business lecturer, Chris Temple Murray, spoke to Alex who confirmed it was him and and admitted it was ‘silly.’
He asked him to write a short history on the Nazis and their impact on the world and a short apology, and was taken aback by how well it was written.
Alex’s dad, Chris Murray, said he was disgusted by his son’s behaviour – but added that he was a great person, head strong and confident.
The day before he died, he had taken him to tae kwon do and when he picked him up, he said Alex ‘seemed normal’ if a little excited by the adrenaline rush of the sport.
The next afternoon on April 29, Alex said he was ‘going out’ and took a hoodie and a rucksack with him – and that was the last time his father saw him alive saying ‘he seemed fine and normal’.
Alex was then reported missing and when police spoke to his lecturer, he told them the teenager was ‘a very intelligent young man with a bright future and was a model student’.
The assistant coroner for Devon, Luisa Nicholson said his body was found in a wooded copse in Exeter on May 1. He was found hanging from a tree with a blue nylon rope around his neck.
Police investigated his death and said the college said there would have been ‘no further action and no further reparations’ following the Nazi prank.
His friends said he was a ‘loyal friend and a prankster’.
Some said he was ‘worried that he would be kicked out of the college’ over the incident.
The inquest at Exeter’s County Hall heard that Alex and his girlfriend had just split up and the day after on 29, he sent her a text saying simply ‘bye LOL’ – but pals said he ‘seemed fine about this’.
The coroner Miss Nicholson said examination of his computer revealed two references to suicide but suggested they were more in jest than how he secretly felt.
Recording a suicide conclusion, she saidIt appears personal difficulties and a recent misdemeanour at school he was not able to overcome.
The recent incident tipped him over the edge.
She expressed her condolences to his heartbroken parents and grandparents who attended the hearing at the death of Alex ‘at such a young age’.
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