About Tina Meier
Tina Meier grew up in St. Charles, Missouri and graduated from St. Charles West High School in 1988. Tina was beyond thrilled when her first born child, Megan Taylor Meier came into the world on November 6, 1992. Megan had brown curly hair and huge dimples. Her second daughter, Allison was born on May 31, 1996 and made her life complete.
When Megan started kindergarten, Tina received her real estate license and began a wonderful career that allowed her to have the flexible schedule that she needed so she was able to be there for her girls before and after school along with their extracurricular activities.
Looking back on those years, Tina would have never dreamed that her entire life would have changed in just a moment's time. She says "life seemed so simple back then and sometimes we are always looking so far ahead that we forget to look at what is right in front of us."
Following the tragedy of her daughter Megan in 2006, Tina knew that her life would never be the same again. She really wasn't sure of her path, but knew that helping children who were enduring bullying and cyberbullying was number one for her.
In December of 2007, Tina's Aunt Vicki gave her the first $100.00 to open up the Megan Meier Foundation's bank account while being there every step of the way while incorporating the foundation and obtaining their 501(c)(3) status.
Tina's first school presentation was on December 20, 2007 to over 900 middle school students. Now just 6 years later, Tina's passion is stronger than ever and with the support of staff members, volunteers, her family and close friends, the foundation has reached over 172,000 students, parents and educators in 193 communities and 32 states.
Tina states "this is her life mission now and if there is even one student that struggles with bullying, cyberbullying or self-harm that it's one too many and we must be there to help and support them."
Biography of Tina Meier
Tina Meier is an internationally recognized expert on bullying, cyberbullying, internet safety, conflict resolution, the roles of parents and educators, sexting, and suicide awareness and prevention.
On October 16, 2006, Tina Meier’s life took a devastating turn when her 13 year old daughter, Megan Taylor Meier, took 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.
Approximately 5 weeks prior to her passing, a 16 year old boy by the name of Josh Evans, contacted Megan through her MySpace account and they began a friendship. Tina Meier, allowed Megan to have a MySpace account with many restrictions and under her watchful eye. Unfortunately, on that fateful day of October 16, 2006, Josh Evans and Megan began to have an argument over MySpace. A few others joined in and horrible and hurtful messages and bulletins went out publicly to hundreds of kids. The last words that were said to Megan from Josh were, “The world would be a better place without you” and “Have a shi**y rest of your life.”
Six weeks after Megan’s suicide, Tina Meier was informed that Josh Evans never existed. In fact, he was the fictitious creation of Lori Drew, an adult neighbor that lived down the street, her 13-year-old daughter Sarah, which was Megan’s former friend, and an 18-year-old employee that worked out of Lori Drew’s home.
In December of 2007, Tina Meier, founded the 501 (c)(3) non-profit Megan Meier Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to “Promote Awareness, Education, and Positive Change in Response to Issues Surrounding Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Suicide.” Tina’s 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 one child at a time cope with these negative social issues. Ultimately, her goal is to empower children to be the change and continue the Foundation’s mission.
At the time of this tragedy, the State of Missouri did not have laws in place to prosecute someone using electronic communications to cyberbully another person. Tina 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 28, 2008. This law amended the harassment and stalking laws to include electronic communication.
Each year, Tina travels throughout the country as a keynote speaker addressing the issue of bullying and cyberbullying in today’s world to students, educators, administrators, parents, youth rallies, counselors, law enforcement, and other professionals. Through Tina’s inspirational and educational message, the audience is empowered to make a difference not only for themselves but others also.
Tina has continued to spread the Foundation’s message and Megan’s story through national and international media appearances such as network television stations, radio, news magazines and syndicated talk shows. She also accepted a Presidential invitation to attend the 2011 White House Anti-Bullying Conference, presented at the U.S. Department of Education’s Safe and Drug Free Schools National Conference in Washington, DC, and served as a consultant during the production of the ABC Family movie, "Cyberbully."
Tina Meier resides in St. Louis, Missouri, with her daughter Allison.