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14-year-old girl responds to one last message from cyber bullies that ‘the scale is broken’, mother reveals

14-year-old schoolgirl responds to a final message from cyber bullies who ‘broke the scales’ before taking her own life, her mother reveals

  • Megan Evans takes her own life after being abused on social media
  • The 14-year-old was found dead at her home in Pembrokeshire in February 2017
  • Now mom reveals she had one last message, feels ‘the scale is broken’










A teenage girl took her own life after responding to a final message from goons who ‘relentlessly’ sent abusive messages on social media.

Megan Evans, 14, was found dead at the Milford Haven home in Pembrokeshire after suffering a barrage of online abuse she had hidden from her parents.

The schoolgirl received threatening and abusive messages on Snapchat, including one 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 his death, his mother, Nicola Hartveld, said she felt it was the final message that ‘tipped the scale’.

Speaking to Wells Online, Nicola said she doesn’t know the signs that could indicate that a child is struggling.

Schoolgirl Megan Evans (pictured) took her own life after responding to a final message from bullies sending ‘relentless’ abusive messages on social media, her mother reveals

Megan's mother Nicola Hartveld (pictured on ITV's This Morning in 2017) is speaking out to raise awareness about signs that the child may be dealing with cyberbullying

Megan’s mother Nicola Hartveld (pictured on ITV’s This Morning in 2017) is speaking out to raise awareness about signs that the child may be dealing with cyberbullying

She said: ‘I can see things so clearly now that I had no clue at the time.

‘I was completely naive about it, that I always thought there was a mental health problem, you can see that. If your kids were struggling, they would be in their room, dressed in black, listening to deep music – that was my silly assumption back then.

‘My bright, bubbly Meg, if she came up to me and said she had a problem, I would say: “Hold Meg, don’t be so clever, just deal with it”.

Image: Megan Evans who passed away in February 2017

Image: Megan Evans who passed away in February 2017

‘That’s probably what I would have said and I can say that openly, so I want to speak. I was so wrong, mental health doesn’t look like I thought it would.

In the months following her death in February 2018, Nicola devoted her time to raising awareness of the dangers and impact of cyberbullying.

She appeared on ITV’s This Morning and spoke with Philip Scofield and Holly Willoughby about what happened to Megan.

Speaking at the time, she said: ‘Be careful what you say, words cannot be taken back.

‘They may seem frivolous or said in anger or in jest, but they cannot 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 his death to be in vain. I want to raise awareness for parents to keep an eye out for the signs. I just didn’t know.’

Looking back now, Nicola says she now ‘sees the signs’ and ‘a million percent’ would do things differently.

She told Wells Online: ‘She was sleeping a lot during the day because she was being woken by these messages at night, but I didn’t see that then,’ she said.

‘Privacy with her phone – she literally wouldn’t let her phone out of her hands, and I think that was a little weird now, but then again, no clue.’

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