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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:59 PM
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13-year-old suffering from depression and ADD commits suicide over MySpace "relationship" hoax
Mom: Girl killed herself over online hoax
Teen distraught at end of MySpace relationship; neighbor family created ID

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21844203 /

DARDENNE PRAIRIE, Mo. - 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. Megan, a 13-year-old who suffered from depression and attention deficit disorder, corresponded with Josh for more than a month before he abruptly ended their friendship, telling her he had heard she was cruel.

The next day Megan committed suicide. Her family learned later that Josh never actually existed; he was created by members of a neighborhood family that included a former friend of Megan's.

Now Megan's parents hope the people who made the fraudulent profile on the social networking Web site will be prosecuted, and they are seeking legal changes to safeguard children on the Internet.

The girl's mother, Tina Meier, said she doesn't think anyone involved intended for her daughter to kill herself. "But when adults are involved and continue to screw with a 13-year-old, with or without mental problems, it is absolutely vile," she told the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis, which first reported on the case.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 01:00 PM
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1. There are already two threads on this
Cyberbullying.... Mom: Web hoax led girl to kill herself
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


13 yr old Commits Suicide After Harrassed by Adults on MySpace
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 01:04 PM
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2. "adults are involved ...."
I can not believe that an adult would partake in such shit.

A photo of Megan from another story on this:



http://www.halflifesource.com/news/2007/11/14/article10...
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