Wow. I am in absolute shock. I have never heard of this story before, but it is in the news again.
Mom: Web Hoax Led Girl To Kill Herself is an AP article by Betsy Taylor. Please read it.
The gist is that 13-year-old Megan Meier (who suffered from depression and attention deficit disorder) made friends with a “Josh” on MySpace and talked with him for over a month. Then, “Josh” abruptly ended the friendship, telling Megan he had heard she was cruel. The next day Megan committed suicide…
Her family learned later that Josh never actually existed; he was created by members of a neighborhood family that included a former friend of Megan’s!!!!
To make this worse – the reason it is in the news again – is because the woman who created the fake profile has not been charged with a crime! This crime apparently does not fit anywhere into the law. It’s a loophole. And as a result, a child is dead and a family has been torn apart (parent’s are divorcing). However, law enforcement is refusing to “close” the case and will continue to act on evidence as it surfaces.
Two things I must say here:
1. The article says that Megan’s mother monitored her daughter’s online communications – but I think it was an action that took place too late. This is a case of why it is essential to fully monitor teenage activity on the Internet (see our PC Pandora). In addition – DO NOT let your younger teens have a MySpace or Facebook account. They literally can be deadly.
2. I speak for everyone here when I say our hearts and thoughts go out to the Meier family… [rant] and I hope the parents responsible for this heinous act are caught, prosecuted and have their families ripped apart. You are all worthless degenerate disgusting human beings and I hope you a long, slow, torturous fate…