Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Where The Law Fails

Have you heard the story about Megan Meier from St. Charles County in Missouri? Megan was a 13 year old girl that committed suicide last year after being dumped by "Josh," a boy created under the direction of Lori Drew. Drew is the mother of one of Megan's former friends. Apparently Drew thought that Megan was talking about her daughter so she, with the help of some other kids, made up an on-line profile on myspace. Drew wanted to know what Megan was saying about her daughter online.

So they create this made up character and named him "Josh". They started talking to Megan to find out what she would say about Drew's daughter. Soon after, "Josh" started talking down to Megan. Bulletins were being posted about her, saying things like, "Megan Meier is a slut. Megan Meier is fat." Eventually, the harassing got to be to much and Megan hung herself.

The kicker is that nothing can be done about it. Law enforcement officials have said the case does not fit into any law. St. Charles County Prosecutor Jack Banas said statements from the neighbor and two teens who participated in the fictitious account couldn't meet criminal standards for the state's statutes on harassment, stalking or endangering the welfare of a child.

"There's no dispute that Mrs. Drew was aware of the creation of this MySpace," Banas said. "It was done by a young person that was in the employ of her — an 18-year-old girl along with her younger daughter — and the sole purpose by all parties that were involved in this was has been to find out what Megan was saying about this 13-year-old daughter of Mrs. Drew."

Megan's mother, Tina Meier, said last month she didn'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," Tina Meier said in a statement.

So the Police are saying that there is no law, but Banas is saying that there is a law, but the case doesn't fit the current law's profile. So my question is does there really have to be a law to punish those that are harassing another person? Can't one just be made up on the spot? We all know that what they have done to Megan was wrong. There's no doubt about it. But to let these people go scott free is just wrong. Shouldn't they have some sort of punishment? Does there really have to be a law in place when we know that these people harassed this young girl over and over again on some made up person that never existed? Was it not just the intention of Mrs. Drew to find out if Megan was talking about her daughter, but also to degrade and defile this young girl? What was said about Megan by Mrs. Drew and her co-conspirators is wrong and we all know it. Just because there is no law in place shouldn't mean that they can get away with what they have done. Why are laws only created after a crime has been committed? We all know what they were doing was wrong. A law has now been put in place about cyber-bullying and harassment, but only after Megan's case has been under investigation. So Mrs. Drew has a free ticket out of this one.

To me this is completely bull. Mrs. Drew should be punished. Just because there was no specific law or the current law isn't vague enough, doesn't mean that she should be set free automatically.

So, what say you? Am I wrong?

1 comment:

Jimbo said...

you people really need to get a life and go outside and breath fresh air for a while...instead of your own hot air. the authorities have investigated and made their ruling. let the embers fall and extinguish. i've known people like tina and megan meier, uncaring and manipulative both of them. yes, it is a tragedy. but her mother didn't seem to be very much involved in her proper upbringing. maybe tina only interacted with her child only when tina wanted to. and don't forget...all of this internet traffic, as well as the other media outlets, is making numbers of people lots of MONEY!