Do you think this decision is fair? No criminal charges will be filed in the case of an Internet hoax that ended in a teenage girl’s suicide in a St. Louis suburb last year, the local prosecutor said yesterday.
The prosecuting attorney for St. Charles County, Jack Banas, said he did not find enough evidence to charge the adults involved with harassment, stalking or child endangerment.
The hoax centered on a MySpace profile that appeared to belong to a boy named Josh Evans who contacted the girl, Megan Meier, in September 2006 when she was 13. After a monthlong flirtation, Josh’s e-mail suddenly turned nasty, and he and Megan quarreled online. Megan hanged herself on Oct. 16, 2006, the day after she received a message from Josh saying, “I don’t like the way you treat your friends, and I don’t know if I want to be friends with you.”
Lori Drew, an adult neighbor who lives four houses from the Meier family, said in a police report that she created the Josh Evans character to gain Megan’s trust and learn what Megan thought of Ms. Drew’s daughter, a former friend of Megan’s.
How would you feel if an adult harmed your child in any way? There has been countless other reports about scammers on Myspace. One in particular comes to mind. There is someone, on Myspace, pretending to be a rap artist, however, he is a con man, from the New Orleans’ area, who uses Myspace to plan home burglaries. What would you do if you encountered these particular individuals? Let us monitor our kids on social networking sites.