Teenager commits suicide over MySpace

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It's a tragic story that combines Romeo & Juliet with "Mean Girls". A teenager, who had struggled with depression, ADD, and weight issues, was finally experiencing her Cinderella moment. She'd lost 25 lbs, was about to get her braces taken off, had found the perfect dress to wear at her upcoming 14th birthday party, and best of all, had become very friendly with a handsome 16 year- old boy she had met on MySpace, Josh Evans.

But in a couple dozen keyboard strokes, Megan Meier's teenage world fell apart. After six weeks of messaging back and forth, Josh inexplicably turned mean. Writing, "I don't know if I want to be friends with you anymore because I've heard that you are not very nice to your friends."

Frantic, Megan wrote back: "What are you talking about?"

The budding relationship had taken a instantaneous, nasty turn. Josh put up bulletins on MySpace that said "Megan Meiers is a slut" and "Megan Meiers is fat." But the final message, the FBI has not been able to retrieve from the computer's hard drive, but Megan's father remembers it well because he looked at it later:

"Everybody in O'Fallon knows how you are. You are a bad person and everybody hates you. Have a shitty rest of your life. The world would be a better place without you."

Shortly after reading that, not-yet-fourteen-year-old Megan Meier ran up to her room crying.

Then she hung herself on her closet rod.

Only there was more to the story than a simple case of teenage angst turned tragedy.

It turns out that Josh Evans never existed.

According to the police report, the account had been created by a neighbor and mother of one of Megan's former friends to 'find out what Megan (Meier's daughter) was saying on-line' about her daughter. (She) explained the communication between the fake male profile and Megan was aimed at gaining Megan's confidence and finding out what Megan felt about her daughter and other people.

This mother shared the password and account with her own daughter as well as other girls, who were in on the "joke". Before the ambulance had left the Meier house the day Megan took her life, the mother called one of the girls and advised her not to say anything about the Josh Evans account to anyone.

Because the case didn't break any laws, there have been no charges filed against the mother who got so involved in her own daughter's life she set the wheels in motion for another girl to take her own.

I found it impossible to read this story without a hand over my mouth. Thirteen year old girls can be awful enough to each other on their own, but to find out that an adult encouraged this sort of cruel behavior makes you really wonder what is wrong with people.

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