On 10-year anniversary of her suicide, mom shares daughter's bullying story
According to a dosomething.org survey, more than 80% of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person.
But it can have very tragic consequences.
In 2006, 13-year-old Megan Meier was just like many other teens her age.
The Missouri teen loved dogs, rap music, and boys, but life wasn't always easy.
“Seventh grade was pretty horrible,” said Megan’s mom Tina Meier. “Boys stomped behind her in the lunch line and called her a fat cow and an elephant."
Megan switched schools in eighth grade and started to feel better about the bullying.
Meier even allowed her daughter to create a Myspace page.
One of the first friends she made on Myspace was a boy by the name of Josh Evans.
“She thought the boy was so cute," said Meier.
Reluctantly, her mom allowed Megan to add the boy.
“Out of the blue, Megan received a message from him saying I don't want to be friends anymore, you're not a nice person,” said Meier.
The boy got two other kids involved the next day.
“The messages that went out were just humiliating and cruel," she said.
Megan hung herself on October 17, 2006.
Just three weeks before her 14th birthday.
It turns out the boy's profile was fake. It was created by the mother of a girl down the street.
Megan had a falling out with the woman's daughter before the bullying began.
“Even though I know clearly that Megan took her own life, the actions these people did certainly pushed Megan over the edge," said her mom.
Cyberbullying often happens on social media sites.
According to nobullying.com, over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying.
"The biggest thing you can do as a parent is have open conversation with your children," said Meier.
Prosecutors never filed criminal charges in Megan’s death.