Mom: Web Hoax Led Girl to Kill Herself -

Mom: Web Hoax Led Girl to Kill Herself -

There are 305 comments on the Newsday story from Nov 16, 2007, titled Mom: Web Hoax Led Girl to Kill Herself -. In it, Newsday reports that:

Megan Meier thought she had made a new friend in cyberspace when a cute teenage boy named Josh contacted her on MySpace and began exchanging messages with her.

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bzmoon

Denver, CO

#1 Nov 16, 2007
What a cruel and horrible act.... why would any parent/adult ALLOW there child to participate, let alone be involved themselves... this is vicious and cruel.
Dr Gregg in Denver

Denver, CO

#2 Nov 16, 2007
Prosecute? Yes, the act was wrong, and its sad this girl killed herself over it, but no crime was committed. THis girl killed herself and had other issues, you can't prosecute someone for that, they didn't kill the girl.

and if the girls that did this have any heart I'm sure they are feeling really horrible about this.
Excuse

United States

#3 Nov 16, 2007
It's all the WEBs fault. Right?
the obvious

Amityville, NY

#4 Nov 16, 2007
I thought the same thing, but it is absolutely sick that adults would create a myspace identity of a young boy to tease and toy with a with a vulnerable young girl.

Some adult pretended to be a child and befriended this kid only to mess with her head.

That's abusive.
ctst

Parlin, NJ

#6 Nov 16, 2007
I'm not sure what her parents were thinking. 13 years old is too young to be participating in on-line chats, especially for a child with Megan's issues. I am sorry for their loss.
MALLEN

Oak Lawn, IL

#8 Nov 16, 2007
WOW, JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU'VE HEARD EVERYTHING....
nonsense

Palos Heights, IL

#9 Nov 16, 2007
Maybe it would qualify as harrassment or something.
SWR Schools

Medford, NY

#10 Nov 16, 2007
WOW! The people in the Midwest are sick puppies.....can we adapt them at the North Shore Animal League?

“ANARCHY... NEXT STOP”

Since: Sep 07

NY

#11 Nov 16, 2007
The internet is no place for children. It is still the wild wild west out there. Safeguards must be taken, passwords, firewalls, cookies, parental blocks, etc... Parents must educate themselves on internet technology, text messaging, and cell phones or their children will ruin their lives with just a click...
I am pissed

United States

#12 Nov 16, 2007
the obvious wrote:
Some adult pretended to be a child and befriended this kid only to mess with her head.
That's abusive.
Adults pretending to be children is nothing new online. MySpace needs to figure out how to protect their users instead of generating more advertising $$$
merrickgirl

Hicksville, NY

#13 Nov 16, 2007
Only a sick and vindictive adult would screw with a child. Now look at what happened to that family.that woman should be put in Jail for communicationg with a minor. she is not a fit mother and should lose her kids.
Ralory

Brentwood, NY

#14 Nov 16, 2007
The Bible says you will reap what you have sown.
cracker

Katonah, NY

#17 Nov 16, 2007
"But when adults are involved and continue to screw with a 13-year-old..."
Classy parents.
Concerned LIer

West Babylon, NY

#20 Nov 16, 2007
People have to wake up. This story is so tragic. The neighbor who created this fake Josh account to essentially spy on and mentally torture an underage girl should be brought up on multiple charges. Such as fraud, endangering the welfare of a child, involuntary manslaughter, perhaps even murder and what ever else that fits. Sick and twisted low lifes.
New York Is a bastion

New Hyde Park, NY

#21 Nov 16, 2007
...of normalcy. I've lived in several states and New Yorkers are by far more "normal" than many others including those in the Midwest.
Why

New Hyde Park, NY

#22 Nov 16, 2007
Why would an adult woman get involved in the IMing between teens? Why would she care about what one girl said about her daughter? If she had concerns, why not pick up the phone and call the other parents?

Of course, her main crime is being an idiot and just a nasty, vindictive person. She taught someone a lesson, but mostly she traumatized her own child.

As for suicide, no one else can cause your suicide, but this woman certainly didn't help matters!

Since: Aug 07

United States

#23 Nov 16, 2007
Wow, this is really sad. I feel for the parents of the girl who killed herself.

There's a special place in hell for the adults in that other family
huh

Bronx, NY

#28 Nov 16, 2007
This is really bizarre. I had a hard time following the story. An adult made the profile to talk to the kid? What's wrong with people...????
anonymous

Chicago, IL

#29 Nov 16, 2007
I think Megan's family should sue the other family. Even if no "crime" was committed they probably have grounds for a civil case. Adults screwing around with the mind of a fragile 13 year old is inexcusable.
Caridad

Trenton, NJ

#30 Nov 16, 2007
Dr Gregg in Denver wrote:
Prosecute? Yes, the act was wrong, and its sad this girl killed herself over it, but no crime was committed. THis girl killed herself and had other issues, you can't prosecute someone for that, they didn't kill the girl.
and if the girls that did this have any heart I'm sure they are feeling really horrible about this.
You surely can't be a Doctor......if you are, your license should be revoked.

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