No Charges in Cyberbullying Suicide Case

Prosecutor pressing for internet harassment laws
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2007 4:00 AM CST
The MySpace suicide case has highlighted the growing problem of cyberbullying. The prosecutor found not enough evidence of criminal intent to charge the people involved, but there are concerns that the...   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – No charges will be filed in the cyberbullying case that led a young girl to commit suicide, Wired reports. A Missouri prosecutor found there was not enough evidence to prove criminal intent on the part of mother Lori Drew and others who launched an online bullying campaign against 13-year-old Megan Meier through a hoax MySpace persona called "Josh."

"Josh" first befriended Megan, then turned on her. She hung herself after "Josh" told her the world would be better off without her. The teenager believed to have written the message that pushed Meier over the edge remains under psychiatric care. She posted several messages to Meier while working in Lori Drew's home, according to the prosecutor. (Read more MySpace stories.)