The grieving mother of Worcestershire online bullying victim Natasha MacBryde has spoken for the first time about the devastation of her daughter’s death.

Jane MacBryde said she thought the bullying came from teenagers who were jealous of her daughter.

Mrs MacBryde was speaking as she gave her support to a national Sunday newspaper’s Christmas appeal to raise money to help charities looking to stamp out cyber bullying.

Natasha was just 15 when she threw herself under a train at Bromsgrove station in February.

At her inquest it was revealed she had been subjected to bullying on the social networking website Formspring.

The online taunts continued even after her death when Sean Duffy, a so-called internet “troll”, posted offensive messages on her memorial page on Facebook.

Duffy, 25, from Reading, was jailed for 18 weeks earlier this year for sending offensive messages via the internet.

Mrs MacBryde, who also has a son James, aged 18, said she sometimes blamed herself.

“As a parent, I think ‘Was it my fault for giving her a mobile? Was it my fault for giving her a laptop?’ You look back at every little thing and wish something had changed,” she said.

She said she suspected the cyber bullying was borne out of jealousy because Natasha was very pretty and academically bright who wanted to be a vet or paediatrician.

>More information:
www.stopcyberbullying.org
www.childline.org.uk 
www.cyberbullying.co.uk
www.kidscape.org.uk/cyberbullying