Cyber-bullying and the courts: Megan's law - A sad case in Missouri prompts national concern
Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 13/07/2009 23:02
Megan Meier was a troubled 13-year-old girl in the small St Louis suburb of Dardenne Prairie. In 2006 one of the few bright spots in her life was her online boyfriend with the soap opera-ish name Josh Evans. She was happy until Josh suddenly turned on her, writing "You are a bad person and everybody hates you...the world would be a better place without you." Megan hanged herself in her bedroom wardrobe.
Four houses down the street Lori Drew reportedly laughed when she heard of the suicide. She was masquerading online as the teenage boy to see if Megan was saying anything bad about her own daughter Sarah. When exposed by a local newspaper Ms Drew became one of the most hated women in America and the centre of a legal controversy.