First Cyber-Bullying Trial Update

Hopefully you have been following the cyber-bullying trial against Lori Drew, the mother who set up a “MySpace” site and false identity of a boy in order to falsely make Megan Meier believe that the boy liked her, because her daughter, Sarah Drew didn’t like Megan.

In the end, once the hoax was revealed to Megan, she committed suicide by hanging herself. It’s such an unbelievable story of cruelty by an adult no less. There are some great articles online that you can read to catch up on the trial and what should be an interesting outcome. Of course, in the trial, the accused will use a defence of trying to stop the hoax, but somehow couldn’t. That’s also disturbing. Some good articles can be found in:

The Huffington Post

The Guardian

The Telegraph

The Los Angeles Times

What will be interesting to see is if this will lead to some new rules/laws that prevent false identity on the internet. Is that really somethign that can be stopped? What do you think? Either way, I find the whole idea of an adult doing this to a teen the most disturbing part of the story.

2 thoughts on “First Cyber-Bullying Trial Update

  1. This is most definitely an interesting case. Obviously the D.A. feels there is enough evidence to prove accountability in this tragedy. As far as any new rules or laws governing false identity on the internet; I don’t think we will see any changes. When one considers all the various crimes that have been perpetrated on or through the internet with no change to identity laws, it is doubtful to expect that this specific incident will result in any immediate change. There are rapes, assaults, murders, financial crimes, crimes against the elderly, and many more that are all committed through internet identity fraud. Granted some companies try to do what they can to regulate this, the internet is simply too vast to regulate in this regard. All we can do for now is hope for the responsible parties to be held responsible for their actions, and with any luck be made enough of an example of that it may deter others from similar acts. Unfortunately most people are not insightful enough or simply do not pay attention enough to learn from the misdeeds and mishaps of others. Sadly it will most likely take another tragedy to enact any kind of meaningful change if any at all.

    The outcome of the case will have significant bearing on whether or not meaningful legislation can be written pertaining to matters such as this.

    Hopefully some new precedents will be set.

  2. Pingback: Bullying Incident#19: The Dunes (1973) « Bullying Stories

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