A teenage girl has been reported dead after she took her own life after accidentally sending a Snapchat message to her boyfriend that revealed she had slept with someone else..
17 year old Charlotte Guy, had been in an on-off relationship with 20-year-old Jack Hurst when she sent him the message.
An inquest into the teen’s death heard that she then sent a message apologising to Jack, saying:
“Goodbye. Please forgive me” before writing: “I love you – knowing that you hate me is enough.”
In a statement, Jack said the young woman had wanted to break it off in the days before her death, saying she didn’t trust him.
He said that Charlotte, of Orrell, Wigan, went out over the weekend, texting him on Sunday 24 that she wanted to talk, but he said he was busy.
He told the Bolton hearing:
“After this she sent me a Snapchat message that was meant for her friend but that she had sent to me instead.
“The Snapchat referenced her sleeping with someone on the Saturday night. She told me that it wasn’t for me, and apologised and said she was a horrible person.
“She said that she wanted to talk and explain but I said that I didn’t feel like talking and to message me to say what she wanted to say.”
He said he tried calling her several times before receiving the final goodbye message.
He then called police and rushed to find her but discovered the young woman had hanged herself near St John Rigby College in Wigan, Greater Manchester where she had been studying healthcare.
Toxicology reports showed Charlotte had taken cocaine while under the influence of alcohol.
Charlotte’s parents Martin and Deborah Guy had earlier said their daughter had previously self-harmed and been referred to a healthcare professional.
Mr Guy said the messages conveyed to Jack were “for attention” and and added:
”I don’t think that she knew the severity of what she was doing.”
Recording a narrative conclusion, coroner Alan Walsh said:
“It is important to note that there was no evidence that Charlotte used cocaine in the past and no evidence that she was a regular user.
“On the balance of the evidence it is likely that she used cocaine in what I have described as the chaotic last 48 hours of her life.”
He said the stress of both college and her boyfriend may have affected her state of mind, combined with the impact of the drug.
“I believed it had the usual ups and downs of young people both aged between 17 to 20. It is usual for these relationships to have its ups and downs – on one minute and off the next.
”I know that it is typical of young people in a relationship. I accept that she was the one who ended the relationship, but it still would have had an effect on her.
“I believed that it would have had an effect on Jack at the time and certainly affected him after finding out she died. I accept at the time she may have been under the influence of cocaine and some of the effects of that may have changed her behaviour and may have changed her state of mind.
“I believed she was a troubled young lady. The effect it will have on her family and friends is beyond imagination.”