Saturday, May 31, 2008

New Developments in the Megan Meier Case

As reported December 3, 2007 from People Magazine the case of Megan Meier. A 13 year old girl that was bullied online by an adult led to the child hanging herself.

As a parent I was shocked and moved to tears reading about Megan. Then I got mad. How could this happen? Who could do such a horrible thing to a lovely, 13 year old child just barely beginning her life. A child... like mine had been. Someones little girl. My son's had been 13 once too.

I've waited for the case to come round and see what if anything our government would do about this. Surely I couldn't be the only person, the only parent in this country that choked down tears while I read her sad story.

Now I am happy there is a glimmer of hope. New reports say that finally Megan may have justice for this vicious and cruel crime.

Quoting People Magazine June 2, 2008 edition, "... Using an untested interpretation of federal law, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles announced the indictment of the neighbor mom Lori Drew, 49, on four felony counts, including conspiracy and gaining unauthorized access to a computer."

Untested? Untested? How long has the Internet and chatting - which I have done myself since 1994 - been around?

This just goes to show that our government needs to seriously pick up the pace and start taking care of online bullying and online crimes especially those against children. What happened to Megan is a sad example of how much influence another person -talking- just talking can have on a child.

The online community is here to stay. It's not going anywhere people. Children especially need protection from online bullying and cruelty just as Megan experienced.

There need to be reasonable laws setup just for the protection of children online. I would like to see it called, Megan's Law.

As an American citizen I am calling on our government our legislators our people, students, parents, everyone to help get this going.

Make Megan's Law not just words but a real force of parents, teachers, students, government officials, everyone that cares for children - something the bullies of this country will never forget.

And please, please remember what I have said before... If you talk online remember to take care in what you say because you never know how the outcome of your words may affect someone else. Especially a child. Remember Megan Taylor Meier.


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