Cyber Bullies Need To Understand The Consequences Of Their Words

14-year-old Megan Evans from Milford Haven was found dead on February 7. She had been the victim of online bullying, which her mother Nicola Harteveld believes drove her to take her own life.

“Megan was bright, vivacious, happy, hugely popular, sporty, confident, outgoing, fiercely independent, just a normal, happy go lucky teenager,” Ms Harteveld told Schofield and This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby.

When Megan started to be inundated with bullying messages on Snapchat, she kept it to herself. Her mother said: “We’re all distraught, and angry because no one noticed anything different with her.”

The final message she received read “Why don’t you hang yourself?”

Megan replied saying: “Ok.”

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Ms Harteveld hopes that, by sharing her daughter’s story, others may realise the terrible impact online bullying can have.

“Be careful what you say, words can’t be taken back,” she told the Daily Mirror in the days after Megan’s death.

“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 want everyone to remember there’s always someone to talk to.”

A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Dyfed Powys police is investigating the sudden death of a 14-year-old girl.

“There are no suspicious circumstances. Next of kin and HM Coroner have been informed.”

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