Cyber-Sneak Mom 'Bullied My Baby to Suicide'

Trial opens in nation's first cyber-bullying case
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2008 3:28 AM CST
Tina Meier holds two pictures of her daughter Megan who committed suicide after receiving cruel messages on MySpace.   (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)
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(Newser) – A mother tearfully recalled in a Los Angeles court yesterday how her 13-year-old daughter hanged herself shortly after receiving a hateful online message from a neighbor woman posing as a teenage boy, AP reports. Lori Drew allegedly created a MySpace persona named Josh to first woo then harass Megan Meier, prosecutors argued as the nation's first-ever cyber bullying case got underway.

Megan was distraught over the message from "Josh," which said the world would be a better place without her, her mom testified. Megan replied: "You are the kind of boy a girl would kill herself over." Her mother later found Megan hanging by a belt in her closet.