“Stop Internet Cyber Bullying”

I blogged earlier about the safety measures that MySpace and Facebook are implementing on their sites. Today there has been breaking news of a story that is very sad to say the least.

A 13-year-old girl has committed suicide due to a perpetrating hoax of online harassment by another MySpace user. It seems that the culprit used MySpace as a joke posing as a young teenage male who met up with with this 13-year old girl.

Lori Drew of suburban St. Louis (an adult neighbor of Megan and her family) allegedly helped create a false-identity MySpace account to contact Megan Meier, who thought she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy named Josh Evans. Josh didn’t exist. Megan had a crush on Josh who was on medication and the bullying got exponentially out of hand.

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Megan hanged herself at home in October 2006 after receiving cruel messages, that the world would be better off without her. After this event the account of the non-existent Josh Evans was deleted.

The non-existent Josh felt things were getting out of hand and decided to write and send cruel messages to Megan to get her mad so that she would delete him off her “friends” list.

Salvador Hernandez, assistant agent in charge of the Los Angeles FBI office, called the case heart-rending. The Internet is a world unto itself. People must know how far they can go before they must stop. They exploited a young girl’s weaknesses,” Hernandez said. “Whether the defendant (Lori Drew) could have foreseen the results, she’s responsible for her actions.”

The Los Angeles grand jury has just indited Lori Drew in 4 charges against her of this horrific situation. This clearly violates the TOS for MySpace by providing false information to obtain a MySpace account. This is one of the first cases of prosecution of Cyber Bullying.

What I think…….. More and more we know that bullying of any kind can lead to disastrous actions. We never know what can set a person off to devastating measures. My concern is of the adult in this situation. Why do this in the first place, and the second place if it was felt the situation was going to far, why wasn’t the account deleted before further bullying had been written? The mind of the adult here was not too sound to speak of to have the time to do this when there are so many activities in life that adults have to tend to. Why bully a teenage neighbor ? This is very sad very sad. This is not the first case but of Cyber bullying and it won’t be the last but one thing is for sure that maybe this case will allow for more of an outreach and awareness for all intended in the use of the internet and social sites.

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8 Responses

  1. Hey Carla,

    I saw a link to your blog in the EBSTG group and it was the first I heard about it. Are you shy? Not that being shy is a bad thing. lol.

    I AM quite shy actually. I have no idea what to write about my self, hence no ME page, and I am starting a blog too. Heaven Help me ~ or the world for that matter, once I get started!

    I wasn’t going to click and read the references to this tragic event when I saw them in the group. You had a blog link, so I read it.

    It is hard to deal with difficult subject matter and I’m glad you wrote about it. Awareness IS the first step to solving a problem. Kudos to you!

    One note though.. I had to be a WordPress member before I could leave a comment. Something to think about if you want more comments. But I am an official member now. Oh boy!

    msleo

    ~ LIFE ~ It’s getting to be an interesting ride! ~

  2. Oh.. I forgot.. everything I type will be on Google now and there is no “Take Back” button either. Happy happy. Joy joy.

  3. Thanks for stopping by MsLeo. I am glad that you liked the article and was informed. Stop by anytime. No I’m not shy at all, lol. But definitely being a writer aware of what and when I say things. You did mention the Google word, right ? LOL! 🙂

  4. rags says : I absolutely agree with this !

  5. My concern here is why social networking sites such as ‘Facebook’ do not take heed when warned about dangerous people using their site. If someone informs them with proof they should remove that person, not wait until something untoward happens.

  6. Agree with ya there 100%!

  7. I have read so many posts about the blogger lovers howeveer
    this article is in fact a nice paragraph, keep it up.

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