The devastated mum of a talented Dundee school boy, who died after being hit by a train, today paid tribute to her “wonderful, loving son.”
Daniel Johnston, 16, a student at the High School of Dundee, died on Saturday March 10, on the railway line at Kingskettle near Ladybank, in Fife.
Cathie Johnston said the family were devastated by Daniel’s death,
She said: “Daniel’s death was unexpected and devastating. He was a wonderful and loving and lovely son.
“He will be very sadly missed by everyone who knew him.”
The F5 student, who previously lived in Kingskettle, had joined the High School of Dundee at the beginning of the academic year.
In a statement posted on the school’s website, rector Dr John Halliday, paid tribute to a “popular and very funny lad.
Dr Halliday said the school community had been left “stunned and devastated” by Daniel’s death. Staff and pupils were being supported as they came to terms with the tragedy.
He said: “Daniel, or Dan to his friends, joined the school in F5 at the beginning of this academic year.
“He settled in and gathered a close-knit circle of friends, quickly establishing himself as a bright, friendly and engaging young man.
“He was working towards five Highers and was progressing positively towards the exams in May.
“Dan had many other interests. A former Scout, he played rugby and loved football and music. He was naturally inquisitive and enthusiastic about life and science, and was due to volunteer in Nepal this summer.
“He was an adventurous lad who loved camping with his mum and sister, and was keen to try anything from flying a plane to driving a tank to gorge walking, and he lived for travelling to new countries.
“He loved life and people. He was loyal and supportive, dependable, gregarious, popular and very funny and was always optimistic and positive. He had his future mapped out and intended to study engineering at university.”
At the time a British Transport Police spokesman said: “Officers and paramedics attended after reports of a person being struck by a train. A teenage boy was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
A memorial service celebrating Daniel’s life will be held on Friday.