Anger Brews Over Cyber Suicide

Hoaxers who drove teen to kill herself untouched by law
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2007 4:00 PM CST

(Newser) – Police fear a "mob mentality" is brewing in a St. Louis suburb after a 13-year-old girl killed herself, and the hoaxers who allegedly prodded her have gone free. Two adults—parents of the girl's friend—badgered Megan Meier online until she hanged herself in her closet last October. Cops say they've been getting angry calls since the story broke last week, but insist that no law can corral the cyber-bullies.

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They're protected by a technicality, says one expert, who blames federal law for covering harassing IMs, but not postings. "That's a hole that needs to be closed," she added. Meanwhile, the blogosphere is burning up and Megan's mother, Tina Meier, is pleading for justice. "I can go steal a piece of gum at a convenience store and go to jail, but you don't go to jail for doing this? That's horrendous," she said. (Read more Missouri stories.)

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