Meet Our Founder
On October 16, 2006, Tina Meier’s life took a devastating turn when she found her 13 year old daughter Megan Meier hanging from her bedroom closet. 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 the horrible world of cyberbullying began with messages and bulletins going out to hundreds of kids saying “Megan Meier is a Slut”, “Megan Meier is a fat ass” and the messages went on from there. Needless to say, Megan was hysterically sobbing and beyond hurt which lead to her suicide.
Six weeks after Megan’s suicide, Tina Meier, was informed that Josh Evans never existed. In fact, it was Lori Drew, an adult neighbor that lived down the street, her 13-year-old daughter, 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 non-profit Megan Meier Foundation. The foundation’s mission statement is to “Bring Awareness, Education and Promote Positive Change to Children, Parents and Educators in Response to the Ongoing Bullying and Cyberbullying in Our Children’s Daily Environment.” Tina’s hope is to make a difference through spreading Megan’s story along with Internet safety and help one child at a time until bullying and cyberbullying are non-existent.
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 28, 2008.
Tina Meier has appeared nationally and internationally on many network television stations, newsmagazines and syndicated talk shows.
Tina Meier travels throughout the United States as a keynote speaker giving presentations on bullying and cyberbullying to K-12 schools, youth rallies, Internet safety summits, and parent/educator programs.
Tina Meier’s accomplishments include: receiving the 2009 Humanitarian award from Teen Line in Los Angeles, CA; being one out of 150 people asked to attend the 2011 White House Anti-Bullying Conference on March 10, 2011; joining Verizon’s 2011 Cyber Safe Philly Summit Series in the Philadelphia and Delaware region; strategic alliance with Nascar Nationwide Series; and consulting on the ABC Family movie “Cyberbully” due to air July, 2011.
Tina Meier resides in St. Louis, Missouri, with her daughter Allison.