Woman indicted in 'cyber-bullying' su...

Woman indicted in 'cyber-bullying' suicide

There are 22 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 16, 2008, titled Woman indicted in 'cyber-bullying' suicide. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

In a case that exposed the ugliest and most dangerous side of "cyber-bullying," federal prosecutors Thursday indicted a woman who posed as a teenage boy on the MySpace social networking site and sent cruel ...

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Metal DJ

New York, NY

#1 May 16, 2008
This woman is just as bad as the Mom who had her daughter write the essay about her fake father in Iraq to win Hannah Montana tickets.
Sarah

Minneapolis, MN

#2 May 16, 2008
This is like the mother who wanted to hire a hitman to kill the mother of her daughter's rival in cheerleading.
zeronine

Rochester, MN

#3 May 16, 2008
This is what happens when you spend too much time trying to the "cool" parent to your teen child instead of putting forth the effort to be the responsible parent. Why any parent would actively help their child bully another, online or not, is beyond me. There is almost never a good resolution to these situations, and as the adult, they should not be encouraging it.
Metal DJ

New York, NY

#4 May 16, 2008
zeronine wrote:
This is what happens when you spend too much time trying to the "cool" parent to your teen child instead of putting forth the effort to be the responsible parent. Why any parent would actively help their child bully another, online or not, is beyond me. There is almost never a good resolution to these situations, and as the adult, they should not be encouraging it.
I find that some young adult parents still have that High School mentality themsleves. They've never gorwn up from the cattyness of High School
Free Speech

New Orleans, LA

#5 May 17, 2008
As reprehensible as this act was, I cannot see it being any kind of felony. The facts are that the girl killed herself, and the alleged perpatrator was no where to be seen when it happened. It is not different that any other childhood act of cruel speech done in person by another contemporary.
Are we going to prosecute another 13 year old for saying similar things in the heat of the moment during an argument. Impossible and unwarranted. This law is clearly unconstitutional in my view though I am not quite certain what they are actually accusing her of doing. If the charges are indeed violating MySpace policies, then talking anything but a misdemeanor is ridiculous.
jfk

Saint Paul, MN

#6 May 17, 2008
When will the daily KOS be held liable?
zeronine

Rochester, MN

#7 May 19, 2008
Free Speech wrote:
As reprehensible as this act was, I cannot see it being any kind of felony. The facts are that the girl killed herself, and the alleged perpatrator was no where to be seen when it happened. It is not different that any other childhood act of cruel speech done in person by another contemporary.
Are we going to prosecute another 13 year old for saying similar things in the heat of the moment during an argument. Impossible and unwarranted. This law is clearly unconstitutional in my view though I am not quite certain what they are actually accusing her of doing. If the charges are indeed violating MySpace policies, then talking anything but a misdemeanor is ridiculous.
I'm not sure if a criminal charge will really stick. It's a tricky situation though, because we are talking about an adult that was knowingly enabling the harassment of a minor, and should have been able to foresee the possible, or even likely results of that. While I have no doubt that it was not this womans goal to get the other kid to kill herself, she should have been able to see the harm she was allowing to be done.
Sarah

Saint Paul, MN

#8 May 19, 2008
Free Speech wrote:
As reprehensible as this act was, I cannot see it being any kind of felony. The facts are that the girl killed herself, and the alleged perpatrator was no where to be seen when it happened. It is not different that any other childhood act of cruel speech done in person by another contemporary.
Are we going to prosecute another 13 year old for saying similar things in the heat of the moment during an argument. Impossible and unwarranted. This law is clearly unconstitutional in my view though I am not quite certain what they are actually accusing her of doing. If the charges are indeed violating MySpace policies, then talking anything but a misdemeanor is ridiculous.
The person indicted is not a 13 year old. She is a 40 something adult. I think that's the big difference here. Here was an adult preying on a child that the adult KNEW was vulnerable.

I don't know if they will be able to convict her on this charge but I do think they should at least give it a chance.
ThaLeena in St Paul

Saint Paul, MN

#9 May 19, 2008
Sarah wrote:
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The person indicted is not a 13 year old. She is a 40 something adult. I think that's the big difference here. Here was an adult preying on a child that the adult KNEW was vulnerable.
I don't know if they will be able to convict her on this charge but I do think they should at least give it a chance.
It's just a litmus test to see how much censorship the public will really bear. This is a preview of the route the government will take to make the crimilization of religious speech against homosexual and other religions and persons a felony. Just watch. She has a right to free speech, but only if everyone approves.
Sarah

Minneapolis, MN

#10 May 20, 2008
ThaLeena in St Paul wrote:
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It's just a litmus test to see how much censorship the public will really bear. This is a preview of the route the government will take to make the crimilization of religious speech against homosexual and other religions and persons a felony. Just watch. She has a right to free speech, but only if everyone approves.
Do you think that sexual predators have a free speech right to lure children to them via the Internet?

I repeat that this was an ADULT preying on a vulnerable CHILD.
ThaLeena in St Paul

Saint Paul, MN

#11 May 23, 2008
Sarah wrote:
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Do you think that sexual predators have a free speech right to lure children to them via the Internet?
I repeat that this was an ADULT preying on a vulnerable CHILD.
Well then CHILD should have had PARENT supervise them. You never know who you are talking to on the internet. I could be 6 years old. I could be 95. The point being is that now is internat chat going to be censored? And if that is the case, who will be responsible for censoring it. The local police department? you get a nasty comment on the internet from a stranger or a "friend" and you wanna call the police? they will tell you to turn your computer off. Don't care what the lady told that little child. She did not make kid do anything and the kid had a propensity for manic behaviour then and it is survival of the fittest. The kid did it herself. If I tell you to go pound salt and yo do it and hurt yourself in the process, you gonna sue me?????
Steve Hettinger

Minneapolis, MN

#12 May 23, 2008
Where were the parents of this girl?? Lets start holding some parents responsible for the things that happen to their teenagers. By all means I DO NOT condone what this woman did. I feel if parents were a little more involved with their children's lives, we just may cut back on some of these crimes against our youth. Controls over the internet would be a good start.
Sarah

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Jun 4, 2008
Steve Hettinger wrote:
Where were the parents of this girl?? Lets start holding some parents responsible for the things that happen to their teenagers. By all means I DO NOT condone what this woman did. I feel if parents were a little more involved with their children's lives, we just may cut back on some of these crimes against our youth. Controls over the internet would be a good start.
Well parents can start by not allowing Internet access in the teenager's bedroom. Have the Internet access on a computer in a common area where anyone in the family passing by can see what the kid is up to.

Also don't allow the kid to have a MySpace account unless they allow it to be monitored. If they refuse to allow it to be monitored then no account.
Dr_ Daniel Jackson

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Jun 4, 2008
LOL....cycber bullying? you gotta be kidding....and suicide from it too? there was something obviously wrong with that girl to begin with.
KPK

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Jun 4, 2008
This has nothing to do with internet censorship. The woman is a psychopath and should be behind bars.
Sarah

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Jun 4, 2008
Dr_ Daniel Jackson wrote:
LOL....cycber bullying? you gotta be kidding....and suicide from it too? there was something obviously wrong with that girl to begin with.
The girl suffered from depression which the neighbor woman KNEW about. So she knew that she was dealing with an emotionally fragile young girl to begin with but she obviously didn't care.

The woman deserves the ostracizing that she's getting from her neighbors.

Joe Corrilo

Pacifica, CA

#17 Jun 4, 2008
ThaLeena in St Paul wrote:
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Well then CHILD should have had PARENT supervise them. You never know who you are talking to on the internet. I could be 6 years old. I could be 95. The point being is that now is internat chat going to be censored? And if that is the case, who will be responsible for censoring it. The local police department? you get a nasty comment on the internet from a stranger or a "friend" and you wanna call the police? they will tell you to turn your computer off. Don't care what the lady told that little child. She did not make kid do anything and the kid had a propensity for manic behaviour then and it is survival of the fittest. The kid did it herself. If I tell you to go pound salt and yo do it and hurt yourself in the process, you gonna sue me?????
Food for thought, if it was your child and you found her DEAD, how would you feel then, now be honest ?
Joe Corrilo

Pacifica, CA

#18 Jun 4, 2008
Dr_ Daniel Jackson wrote:
LOL....cycber bullying? you gotta be kidding....and suicide from it too? there was something obviously wrong with that girl to begin with.
Please if you are indeed a Dr., let me know where you practice as I don't want a Dr. who is so callous and clueless ! What compassion
Joe Corrilo

Pacifica, CA

#19 Jun 4, 2008
ThaLeena in St Paul wrote:
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Well then CHILD should have had PARENT supervise them. You never know who you are talking to on the internet. I could be 6 years old. I could be 95. The point being is that now is internat chat going to be censored? And if that is the case, who will be responsible for censoring it. The local police department? you get a nasty comment on the internet from a stranger or a "friend" and you wanna call the police? they will tell you to turn your computer off. Don't care what the lady told that little child. She did not make kid do anything and the kid had a propensity for manic behaviour then and it is survival of the fittest. The kid did it herself. If I tell you to go pound salt and yo do it and hurt yourself in the process, you gonna sue me?????
Yes I will sue you if you knew before hand that my daughter has suicidal tendencies and you egg her on ! Come on now ! DUH !!! Do you have children?????
Dr_ Daniel Jackson

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Jun 4, 2008
kids and adults who go online trying to find new friends,a love interest or fantasy pleasures need real help!
is there no common sense from the people who go in search on the internet for those 3 reasons i mentioned, that they really think the person on the other end is really there for the same reasons they are? how sad and pathetic!

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