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Fed court rules ‘cyber bullying O.K.’

We’ve reached an all new low: allowing a 50-year-old to manipulate children into wanting to kill themselves. The next time you want to create a fake MySpace page and harass someone to the point where they want to kill themselves, you can rest assured that you will not be persecuted at all. You can go ahead and violate the terms and conditions all you want.

Think back to 2006, when eighth-grader, Megan Meier, committed suicide after receiving harassing MySpace messages from, who she thought was, a peer. This case brought cyber bullying to a new level. Meier’s ex-friend’s mother, Lori Drew, created a MySpace page pretending to be a 16-year-old boy who lived nearby named Josh Evans. Meier quickly became friends with “Evans,” and the two would talk online daily.

After a few weeks of talking back and forth, Meier received an e-mail from “Evans” saying, “‘I don’t know if I want to be friends with you any longer because I hear you’re not nice to your friends.”

Meier’s mother recalls the entire situation. She told ABC News that she recalls her daughter telling her about MySpace bulletins being posted saying things like “Megan Meier is a slut” and “Megan Meier is fat.”

Then, on October 16 2006, Mrs. Meier found her 13-year-old daughter hanging from a belt in a bedroom closet, dead. This, reportedly, after she received a message from “Evans” saying, “the world would be better off without you.”

Yes, Meier had a history of emotional instability. Tell me, what 13-year-old girl doesn’t have emotional problems associated with being self-conscious? It could be argued that this suicide had been coming for a long time. Yet, it’s hard to believe that the threatening, demeaning messages didn’t push her over the edge.

Weeks later, the Meier family found out that Lori Drew was behind all of the mayhem. Drew had told other mothers in the area that she had created and continued to monitor Josh Evan’s MySpace page.

She had been caught.

Obviously, the Meierses pressed charges against Drew. Lori Drew was convicted and charged with three misdemeanor counts of illegally accessing a protected computer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The family has been working for years to bring justice concerning the loss of their daughter’s life. On Thursday, their heartbreak returned.

According to the Los Angeles Times, U.S. District Judge George H. Wu decided to dismiss the case on the basis that “if Drew was found guilty of violating the terms of service in using MySpace, anyone who violated the terms could be convicted of a crime.”

As if that’s a bad thing!

As far as I knew, terms and conditions were designed to lay out what you shouldn’t do. And any violation of those would, in fact, be a crime.

Hopefully, there will be some controversy surrounding this and perhaps an appeal because it’s outrageous. The only condolence that Meier family could have in this is knowing that cyber bulling is now something that’s in the forefront of America’s mind. With no federal anti-cyber bullying law, this may be the time to enact one.

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