Megan Meier hung herself in October 2006 after having an online relationship with someone she strongly thought was a 16-year-old boy but became distraught after the messages turned mean. The vital messages actually came from a mother and her daughter that made up the boy’s profile. Furthermore, it was her own neighbors that played the MySpace hoax to find out gossip information from her.
Megan’s parents say it’s a case of online harassment and cyber bullying which should be illegal. However, The Saint Charles County prosecutor says there is no conclusive evidence that harassment had taken place because the pranksters only intended to gather gossip.
The prosecutor also said that he looked at all applicable state laws and none of them applied to this type of Internet activity.
MySpace has faced scrutiny in recent months over people creating new profiles for the intend and purpose only to harass or cyberbully others online.
The FBI lead the initial investigation after the U.S. Attorney’s Office was contacted by the Meier family. Meier’s parents have contended her suicide was the result of the neighbor’s MySpace harassment.
Megan’s mother, Tina Meier, said she didn’t think anyone involved intended for her daughter to kill herself, but also said when adults are involved and continue to mentally abuse a 13-year-old, with or without mental problems, it is absolutely vile. The parents believe that there should be a law to protect those from online cyberbullying and harassment.