Schoolgirl, 14, replied to one final message from cyber bullies which ‘tipped the scales’ before taking her own life, her mother reveals
- Megan Evans took her own life after receiving barrage of abuse on social media
- The 14-year-old was found dead at her home in Pembrokeshire in February 2017
- Now mother reveals she received one last message she feels ‘tipped the scale’
A teenage girl took her own life after replying to one final message from bullies who were sending ‘relentless’ abusive messages on social media.
Megan Evans, 14, was found dead at Milford Haven home in Pembrokeshire after enduring a barrage of online abuse which she had kept hidden from her parents.
The schoolgirl received threats and abusive messages on Snapchat including one fateful final message before she took her own life.
Before her death in February 2017, Megan sent one final message to a bully who said ‘why don’t you hang yourself’ to which Megan replied ‘OK’.
Now, five years after her death, her mother Nicola Harteveld said she feels it was that final message that ‘did tip the scales’.
Speaking to Wales Online, Nicola said she did not know the signs to look out for that may indicate a child is struggling.
Schoolgirl Megan Evans (pictured) took her own life after replying to one final message from bullies who were sending ‘relentless’ abusive messages on social media, her mother revealed
Megan’s mother Nicola Harteveld (pictured on ITV’s This Morning in 2017) is speaking out in a bid to raise awareness about which signs may indicate a child is struggling with cyber bullying
She said: ‘I can see things blindingly obvious now that I didn’t have a clue back then.
‘I was completely naïve about it, that I always thought that somebody with a mental health problem, you could visibly see it. If your kids were struggling, they’d be in their room, wearing black, listening to dark music – that was my stupid perception of it back then.
‘My bright, bubbly Meg, if she came to me and said she had an issue, I’d say: “Meg get a grip, don’t be so daft, just deal with it”.
Pictured: Megan Evans who died in February 2017
‘That’s what I would’ve probably said and I can openly say that, which is why I want to speak out. I was so wrong, mental health does not look like how I thought it did.’
In the months after her death in February 2018, Nicola dedicated her time to raising awareness about the dangers and impact of cyber bullying.
She appeared on ITV’s This Morning and spoke with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about what had happened to Megan.
Speaking at the time, she said: ‘Be careful what you say, words can’t be taken back.
‘They may seem trivial or may be said in anger or jest, but they can’t be taken back.
‘You don’t know how that person will take it so be mindful of someone else’s situation.
‘I don’t want her death to be in vain. I want to raise awareness to parents to keep an eye out for the signs. I just had no idea.’
Thinking back now, Nicola says she now ‘sees the signs’ and would ‘one million per cent’ do things differently.
She told Wales Online: ‘She was sleeping a lot in the day because she was being kept awake at night by these messages, but I didn’t see that then, ” she said.
‘The secrecy with her phone – she would literally not let her phone from her hands, and I would think that was a bit weird now, but then, not a clue.’
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