…By Gift BADEWO for TDPel Media.
In a heartrending event, a teenager lost her life in an incident that highlights the dangers of substance misuse.
15-year-old Kacey Bartlett, a promising student with a bright future, was found dead in her bedroom surrounded by aerosol cans, the result of inhaling butane, a fact later confirmed in an inquest.
Kacey, an academically promising student, had just completed her mock exams when the tragedy occurred.
A close friend reported to the police that Kacey had previously experimented with inhaling aerosols to experience a high.
Despite his efforts to dissuade her and her assurance of stopping the practice, it appears she continued.
Her friend expressed disbelief at the tragic incident, stating that Kacey was not suicidal and had been looking forward to her future.
The Life She Lived
Kacey had been living with her grandmother, Maggie Macmillan, since December 2020.
In her statement, Mrs. Macmillan confirmed that Kacey had been a joy to live with and had not given her any troubles.
She painted a picture of a content and happy teenager who loved her London life, often finding her rural hometown, Tavistock, boring.
Upon returning from a half-term visit to London, Kacey seemed to be her usual cheerful self, exhibiting no signs of distress or depression.
Her grandmother poignantly expressed how Kacey’s sudden death had left a void in her life and left her in a state of shock.
A Future Cut Short
The tragedy is made even more poignant when considering Kacey’s aspirations.
She had ambitions of pursuing a career in health and social care and had plans to learn sign language.
Her youth worker reflected on her maturity and resolve, shaped by a difficult upbringing.
The staff at her school spoke highly of her, describing Kacey as a bright and lovely young girl.
Her death was utterly unexpected and shocking for everyone who knew her.
Conclusion and Caution
Luisa Nicholson, the assistant coroner, concluded that Kacey’s death was an unfortunate accident, with no evidence suggesting any intent to end her life.
This tragedy underscores the dangers of inhaling aerosols – a high-risk practice often underestimated by youngsters.
She issued a grave warning to others, hoping that Kacey’s unfortunate demise would serve as a reminder of the inherent dangers of seeking a “safe high”.
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