A teenage girl committed suicide after accidentally sending a Snapchat message to her boyfriend that revealed she had slept with someone else, an investigation has heard.
Charlotte Guy was 17 years old and had been in an unsteady relationship with 20-year-old Jack Hurst when she sent him the message that was actually intended for her friend. Upon investigating into her death it was discovered that she sent a final message to her boyfriend “Goodbye. Please forgive me. I love you – knowing that you hate me is enough.”
It is reported that Jack said that Charlotte had wanted to break it off in the days before her death, because 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 replied back declaring that he was busy.
Jack informed 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 apologized 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.”
Jack said that he had tried calling her several times before receiving the final goodbye message. Later he called police and hurried to find her only to discover that Charlotte had hanged herself near St John Rigby College in Wigan, Greater Manchester where she had been studying healthcare.
According to Toxicology reports Charlotte had taken cocaine while under the influence of alcohol.
Martin and Deborah Guy, Charlotte’s parents stated that Charlotte had previously self-harmed and been referred to a healthcare professional. Martin Guy said that the messages sent to Jack were ‘for attention’ purposes only and ‘‘I don’t think that she knew the severity of what she was doing.”
Coroner Alan Walsh, while recording a narrative conclusion 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.”
Alan said that the pressure 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 behavior 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.”