Cyber Bullying

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ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO I SAW A STORY ON THE NEWS THAT REALLY CAUGHT MY ATTENTION. IT WAS THE STORY OF MEAGAN MEIER, AND EIGHT GRADER IN O’FALLON MISSOURI. ALTHOUGH SHE WAS DESCRIBED BY HER PARENTS AS A BUBBLY GOOFY GIRL WHO ENJOYED SPENDING TIME WITH HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY, SINCE THE THIRD GRADE MEAGAN HAD BEEN SEEING A PSYCHIATRIST AND TAKING MEDICATIONS FOR ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER AND DEPRESSION AND SHE ALSO CONSIDERED HERSELF OVERWEIGHT. IN 2006, SHORTLY AFTER MEAGAN HAD FALLEN OUT WITH A FRIEND FOR ALLEGEDLY SPREADING RUMORS ABOUT THIS FRIEND LORI DREW, THE MOTHER OF THIS FORMER FRIEND ALONG WITH HER DAUGHTER AND A CO-WORKER, DECIDED TO MAKE A FAKE MYSPACE ACCOUNT ASSUMED TO BE THE ACCOUNT OF A 16 YEAR OLD BOY NAMED JOSH EVANS. TO GET INFORMATION FROM MEAGAN TO HUMILIATE HER LATER AS RETALIATION. SHORTLY AFTER CREATING THE ACCOUNT LORI DREW SENT A FRIEND REQUEST TO MEAGAN SUPPOSEDLY FROM JOSH. MEAGAN AND JOSH BECAME ONLINE FRIENDS BUT NEVER MET IN PERSON OR SPOKE. MEAGAN THOUGHT JOSH WAS ATTRACTIVE AND BEGAN EXCHANGING MESSAGES WITH HIM. THIS JOSH PERSON WHO CLAIMED TO HAVE JUST MOVED TO O’FALLON, WAS BEING HOME SCHOOLED AND DIDN’T HAVE A PHONE YET, HAD LIFTED MEAGAN’S SPIRITS. ON OCTOBER 15 2006, THE TONE OF JOSH’S MESSAGES HAD CHANGED SAYING I DON’T WANT TO BE FRIENDS WITH YOU ANYMORE BECAUSE I’VE HEARD THAT YOU ARE NOT NICE TO YOUR FRIENDS. SIMILAR MESSAGES WERE SENT, SOME OF MEAGAN’S MESSAGES TO JOSH WERE SHARED WITH OTHERS AND BULLETINS WERE POSTED ABOUT HER. THE LAST MESSAGE FROM JOSH READ, EVERYBODY IN O’FALLON KNOWS WHO YOU ARE, YOU ARE A BAD PERSON AND EVERYBODY HATES YOU. HAVE A BAD REST OF YOUR LIFE, THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE WITHOUT YOU. MEAGAN RESPONDED YOU’RE THE TYPE OF BOY A GIRL WOULD KILL HERSELF OVER ABOUT TWENTY MINUTES LATER MEAGAN WAS FOUND IN HER BEDROOM CLOSET WHERE SHE HAD HUNG HERSELF, AND DESPITE EFFORTS TO REVIVE HER, SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD THE NEXT DAY. THIS CRUEL PRANK THAT WAS PLAYED ON MEAGAN IS KNOWN AS CYBER...
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