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    Myspace hoax causes suicide of 13-year-old girl

    A bizarre and cruel Internet hoax that ended with the suicide of a 13-year-old girl has bitterly divided a western St. Louis suburb, provoked a firestorm in the blogosphere and raised troubling questions about how to police traffic on popular social networking sites such as MySpace.com.

    The death of Megan Meier in Dardenne Prairie, Mo., went beyond the growing phenomenon of cyber-bullying because the alleged instigators of the hoax were not only adults, but parents of a classmate of Megan's, who lived just down the street from her.
    No charges have been filed. A local newspaper's decision not to publish the names of the parents involved has fanned a furious public response.

    "People are just totally shocked. ... They can't believe that an adult would have done this," said Pam Fogarty, mayor of the town of 7,000 people.

    "The scary part is that when you look at the blogs and listen to the phone calls we're getting, it's very quickly becoming a mob mentality," said Fogarty, who has arranged for additional police patrols in the neighborhood.

    The involvement of adults in the Meier case breaks new ground, said Parry Aftab, an Internet attorney and executive director of Wiredsafety.org, a cyber safety organization.
    "When adults act like children there are criminal consequences," Aftab said. "The Internet should not be used as a weapon."

    The Meier suicide occurred in October 2006, but it did not become widely known until last Sunday when the Suburban Journals newspapers, which cover the St. Louis suburbs, published a lengthy article detailing the hoax involving a fictitious 16-year-old boy named Josh Evans, who contacted Megan on MySpace.com.

    Their communication lasted six weeks, according to the Journal article, and ended with a string of disturbing messages from Josh and postings that read Megan was "fat" and "a slut."
    The story reported Ron Meier, Megan's father, saying the final posting on the MySpace account read "The world would be a better place without you."

    Late on the afternoon of Oct. 16, 2006, Ron and Tina Meier discovered Megan had hanged herself in her closet. Megan, who died the following day, was a few weeks shy of her 14th birthday.

    In the year since Meier, who suffered from depression, killed herself, investigators in St. Charles County have not determined that any state law was violated. A spokesman for the St. Charles County Sheriff Department said the case has not been closed, although it has not found a violation. Jack Banas, the county prosecutor, said Friday he is examining an FBI report on the case to see if there is the potential of filing charges.

    Pokin's story in the Journal said the daughter of the parents who instigated the hoax used to be Megan's best friend. But the girls had a falling out. Pokin's story quoted another neighbor as saying the parents encouraged their daughter "to join in the joke" of the Josh Evans ruse.
    "They played on the emotions of our daughter and it was a game," Meier said Friday.

    Tina and Ron Meier, who have separated since Megan's death, said they hope there will be a prosecution. In the meantime, Tina Meier said, they will push for a new law "to get justice for Megan."

    Net hoax turns deadly, turns town against neighbors
    By Tim Jones | Tribune national correspondent
    November 17, 2007

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    how sad

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    Some people will stoop to any level, and damn the consequences. Torturing an already disturbed kid probably didn't even make them bat an eyelash.
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    Six weeks? Why were the parents not monitoring their childs internet usage? I still check my 16 and 18 year olds sites. 13 is to young to have privacy and here is one good reason why.
    Wonder how the investigation will work out.
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    Yikes...I used to live about 200 yards from Dardienne...those parents should be prosecuted for something...not sure what...
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    Her myspace: http://myspace.com/109782507

    Here's a little better news article: http://ofallonjournal.stltoday.com/a...okin_1.ii1.txt

    Now I want to know if any of you guys are fake...

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    ok i'm confused (no breaking news there I know). Was the suicide the hoax, or did the hoax cause the suicide? if the latter, what was the hoax? Do I need to come back when I'm more awake and re-read this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 213th View Post
    Do I need to come back when I'm more awake and re-read this?


    Cliff's notes version. Adult creates fake myspace, contacts 13 year old girl, engages conversation, tells girl she's fat and a slut, girl kills herself. The end.

    Terrible situation and those people need charged with anything they can come up with.
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