Been reading the paper lately? Dardenne Prairie, Missouri has passed a law making online harrassment a crime. This new law was passed in the wake of the city officials learning of the terrible story of Megan Meier, who committed suicide at age 13 after being bullied online by the mother of one of her ex-friends.
The YouTube clip from the CNN story about Megan Meier tells the whole story.
Now, just this last Wednesday, the city has made online harrassment punishable by up to a $500 fine and 90 days in jail. Well…it’s a start. Certainly it would be nice to see this escalated to a higher level, but at least a law is passed that will deter this behavior. What makes this incident so disturbing is the behavior of an adult that was doing the harrassing. Now let’s see how many other cities follow suit.