Well, if you haven’t been notified yet, Lori Drew, the mother who’s actions on MySpace resulted in the suicide of Megan Meier, will not be charged. Basically, there is no law that she could be prosecuted on. Apparently, there is no crime in taunting someone and emotionally destroying them to the point that they commit suicide. I love this country… and more so, I love the “grown ups.”
The best write-up I have found so far on this story is the AP article here: No Charges in MySpace Teen Suicide Case.
It is disgusting and incredibly upsetting… But I won’t vent. I’ll say that this is an EXTREME case for the need of monitoring software like PC Pandora. Unless there is a new development in the case, I will make this my deeply saddened last post on the topic.
I will leave you with this blog post by Judith Warner on the New York Times website: Helicopter Parenting Turns Deadly.
She has some great and interesting perspectives that I share. She talks about “Helicopter Parenting,” a term used to describe the generation of parents today that are hovering parents; they run interference, they pave the way, they fight their kid’s battles for them, they protect them at all cost. In short, helicopter parents don’t allow their kids enough rein to fail, or succeed, on their own. Warner also chats with to Rosalind Wiseman, author of “Queen Bees & Wannabes” and “Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads.” There are some very interesting thoughts in here, I suggest reading it and all parents out there re-examining their over-protectiveness. In the words of my generation (X’ers and Y’ers), “Take a chill pill, yo.”