Monday, November 19, 2007

Megan Meier's parents seek justice

The parents of a 13-year-old Missouri girl who hanged herself after a failed MySpace romance — later uncovered as a hoax — say they have yet to receive an apology from the family they blame for their daughter’s death.

Megan Meier committed suicide on October 16, 2006. After she had a falling out with a friend, the friend's parents created a fake MySpace account. Meier hoped to start a relationship with a boy she didn't know was fictional. Someone using the fake account sent out cruel bulletins, saying things like "Megan Meier is a slut." Megan hanged herself that day. The Meiers are seeking to file criminal charges under a federal law that prevents online harassment.
Some people just never grow up. The friend's parents bullied a girl young enough to be their daughter. Megan's parents are right to blame them for their daughter's death. That said, Megan's family and friends could have and should have done something. Even before this MySpace game, Megan was a depressed girl who attempted suicide. That's a red flag. If someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, make sure they know that killing yourself is not the answer.

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