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Megan Meier's neighbor Ms. Drew was found guilty of misdemeanor charges surrounding her allegedly spurring Meier to kill herself, but found not guilty of three more serious felony charges.  (Source: Myspace)
Family and friends search for closure in final verdict

The case of Lori Drew and her role in the suicide of 13-year-old Megan Meier was a controversial one.  Meier was a teenager who suffered from bouts of depression, but was generally characterized and good-natured and outgoing.  When she committed suicide after an argument with her mother, it seemed like nothing more than a tragic case of teenage mental illness gone awry. 

However, then it came out that the argument with her mother was over cruel comments from a boy online who allegedly initially romanced her on MySpace and then turned hostile, eventually dropping a hint that the world might be a better place if she left it.  The only thing out of the ordinary -- the teenage boy, wasn't really a teenage boy; it was neighbor Lori Drew who wanted to allegedly "get Meier back" for supposed mean behavior towards her daughter.

When this came to light, federal authorities sidestepped local authorities, which would likely have delivered no charges.  They charged Ms. Drew with a variety of misdemeanors as well as four felony counts.

The trial was long and heated, with Ms. Drew's attorney arguing that Meier's suicide was less the result of MySpace, and more the result of a history of mental illness and that Ms. Drew could not be held responsible for not reading MySpace’s EULA, because "no one" does.  Meanwhile, prosecutors painted Ms. Drew as a mean-spirited woman who tormented young Meier and drove her to her unfortunate end.

In the end the jury found Ms. Drew guilty of three misdemeanor charges, while clearing her of three of the felony charges and reaching a deadlock in a fourth felony charge.  The result is that Ms. Drew will be sentenced to anything from probation to three years behind bars, avoiding felony sentencing which could have put her in prison for 20 years.

The reason the jury found her not guilty on the felony counts was due to lack of proof that Ms. Drew had typed the MySpace messages that drove Meier apparently to suicide.  The messages may also have been typed by Ms. Drew's employee or daughter, both of which were privy to Ms. Drew's scheme.

Tina Meier, Megan's mother says that despite the mixed nature of the verdict, that it's a victory.  She states, "This is about justice.  It's justice not only for Megan but it's justice for everybody who has had to go through this with the computer and being harassed."

MySpace Chief Security Officer Hemanshu Nigam also praised the decision, stating, "MySpace respects the jury's decision and will continue to work with industry experts to raise awareness of cyber-bullying and the harm it can potentially cause."

The greatest impact of the case may be to spur government officials to enact new cyberbullying laws, which could allow criminal charges for those who goad youth into suicide.  Meier's case is not alone in this respect -- recently a teenager was encouraged by hundreds of onlookers in a video chat room to take pills and kill himself, which he did, dying hours later as the cameras rolled.

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Un-Necessary Abuse & Death of a Minor Child
By OldGaDawg on 12/1/2008 2:03:55 PM , Rating: 2
To read some of these posts here in are really Sick Folks . I can not imagine if any of these people here have any children of there own.
Never mind that a minor child is dead on account of an adult woman taking out her mental revenge on her - but that fact that this woman "Mrs. Drew" had knowledge of Megan's mental problems and that she was seeing a physician as well. My question to these that think that nothing should had been done to Mrs. Drew - What if it had been your child? How would you've reacted to seeing your child hanging? How much would you had wanted justice to prevail on knowing that it was an adult - to whom typed the last words that your child viewed " This world would be better off with out her"?
Mrs. Drew should had received the full sentence of twenty years with a probable parole after a certain amount of time served. But since she received allot less - she should serve the full sentence of three years / no parole and the find of $300,000.00 to pay.
The fact that all people has to check-off a box in showing if one has read the web-site agreement is really up to the one signing up as to if they've read it or not. You are still bound to the legal agreement.
I'm all for in helping Megan's mother in the way of preventing others to whom seek out to pray on other children and seeing that they too receive as much justice as possible for there criminal actions against minors.
Ignorance is not permissible in court and should not be allowed here.

RE: Un-Necessary Abuse & Death of a Minor Child
By JediJeb on 12/1/2008 2:48:43 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with what you say about Mrs. Drew being responsible and needing to face some kind of justice. But on the other hand Megan's parents are just as responsible for what happened as Mrs. Drew. They should never have allowed a 13 year old with mental problems to be involved in MySpace. A little research would have shown them the possible problems it could have caused. But if they did the research and decided to allow here to have a page there, then they should have activly monitored it.
Most will say " but my teenager needs their privacy" that is totally wrong. There are two ways for children to learn how to cope with things like this in their lives, trial and error, or mentoring from their parents, this is a result of what trial and error can do. Will the children be upset when parents poke their nose into what the child is doing? Sure, but in the long run letting them be a little upset is much better than losing them. Sometimes you have to be a parent first, friend second. If you allow your child total freedom at home, what happens when they get into real life and find out you can't always do everything you want to do? Parents need to learn to be parents again, not just someone who provides food and a place to sleep for their children.

By momwm616 on 12/2/2008 10:57:02 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that we need to monitor our children, but now haveing said that who are you to judge this moms parenting? My aunt lost her teenage son, If she read evryone talking about how it was her fault, then she would probably be the one who commits suicucide next, and as far as your saying now you would be responsible. The problem is that noone thinks of the things they say before they say it. I want that mom to know that I had a best friend who commited suicide at age 17. She would have done it no matter what her mom did. She did not threaten suicide at all. Tose are the ones you usually have to watch for. The ones who do not threaten it. There have been studies to show that suicides often come from the ones who show no signs at all. This mom probably thought that her childs medication was working. She probably regularly attended therapy. You have no idea what was going on. Lets show some support for the poor family of this tragedy.

By Teenagers Perspective on 12/2/2008 7:21:59 AM , Rating: 2
I completly agree with you when you say what if it were your child i even said that in my posting its amazing the way people think you know people should realize "you never know what you have until its gone" So many people are ungratful and ignorant that they dont realize whats in front of them....but even better put yourself in megans moms shoes or better yet megans what do you think they were going through can you even imagine no you cant cuz your stuck in your own perfect little worlds with no problems whatsoever right? ya i thought so!

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