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Prosecutor Won’t Bring Charges In Myspace Suicide

Posted by familydynamics on December 4, 2007

Megan MeierDo 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.

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Should Lori Drew Receive Jail Time For Myspace Bullying?

Posted by familydynamics on November 30, 2007

In a previous post, I wrote about Megan Meier, the 13 year old girl who took her own life after being bullied by her 48 year old neighbor,  Lori Drew.

Lori Drew, the Meiers’ 48-year-old neighbor in suburban St. Louis, admitted in a police report that she created a fictitious MySpace account and pretended to be a boy with a romantic interest in Megan. According to the police report, Drew created the profile to find out what Megan was saying online about her teenage daughter.

I believe Lori Drew should receive jail time for her actions.  What do you think?

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