On October 16, 2006, Tina Meier’s life took a devastating turn when she found Megan Meier, her 13-year-old daughter had taken her own life. All attempts were made to save Megan but unfortunately Megan passed away on October 17, 2006, just weeks from her 14th birthday.
Megan took her own life after receiving cruel messages on MySpace from a boy named “Josh Evans.” Six weeks after Megan’s death, it was learned that “Josh Evans” never existed. He was the fictitious creation of an adult neighbor of the Meier family, her 13-year-old daughter and an 18-year-old employee.
It was from this tragic loss that Tina Meier founded the 501 (c)(3) non-profit the Megan Meier Foundation in December 2007.
In 2008, the Foundation took a big leap forward. Tina Meier worked closely with Senator Scott Rupp and Governor Matt Blunt’s Internet Task Force for the State of Missouri to help pass Senate Bill 818, which went into law on August 29, 2008.
Since then, the Foundation has reached more than 105,000 students and 20,000 parents and professionals through our programs.
Our hope is to make a difference through spreading Megan’s story along with internet safety and educating others on the consequences of bullying and cyberbullying and to help children cope with these negative social issues.
Ultimately, our goal is to empower children to be the change and continue the Foundation’s mission.
Tina has continued to spread the foundations message through National and International media appearances, accepting a Presidential invitation to attend the 2011 White House Anti-Bullying Conference, presenting at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools National Conference in Washington, DC and serving as a consultant during the production of the ABC Family movie, Cyberbully.
The Megan Meier Foundation has impacted millions of lives and will continue to help make a difference and stop bullying and cyberbullying.