Megan Meier Case

MySpace suicide after cyber bullying

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  • July 2, 2009: Lori Drew leaves Federal Court after a hearing in Los Angeles. U.S. District Judge George Wu tentatively threw out the convictions of the Missouri mother for her role in a MySpace hoax directed at a 13-year-old neighbor girl who ended up committing suicide.
  • Nov. 24, 2008: Lori Drew, left, and her daughter Sarah, arrive at federal court in Los Angeles. U.S. District Court Judge George Wu on Monday put off a decision on a motion to dismiss the case against Lori Drew, accused of orchestrating the Internet hoax that targeted 13-year-old neighbor girl Megan Meier who later committed suicide. Wu says the trial of 49-year-old Drew will go forward.
  • Nov. 24, 2008: Tina Meier, mother of Internet suicide victim, 13-year-old Megan Meier, arrives at federal court in Los Angeles. U.S. District Court Judge George Wu on Monday put off a decision on a motion to dismiss the case against Lori Drew, accused of orchestrating the Internet hoax that targeted Megan Meier who later committed suicide. Wu says the trial of 49-year-old Drew will go forward.
  • Megan Meier, 13, of Dardenne Prairie, Mo., committed suicide in 2006 after being dumped by a fictitious boy on a MySpace page. A neighbor has been indicted on charges in connection with the case.
  • Nov. 24, 2008: Lori Drew, left, and her daughter Sarah, arrive at federal court in Los Angeles. U.S. District Court Judge George Wu on Monday put off a decision on a motion to dismiss the case against Lori Drew, accused of orchestrating the Internet hoax that targeted 13-year-old neighbor girl Megan Meier who later committed suicide. Wu says the trial of 49-year-old Drew will go forward.
  • Sept. 4, 2008: Lori Drew, a Missouri woman who allegedly perpetrated a MySpace hoax that drove her daughter's 13-year-old classmate to suicide, leaves court in Los Angeles. The case of U.S. vs. Lori Drew is viewed in legal circles as landmark Internet law, but as outlined in government documents with its neighborhood feuds and a teen's suicide it reads more like a plot line for a made-for-TV drama.
  • May 27, 2008: Tina Meier, mother of Megan Meier, in her home in O'Fallon, Mo., reflected with a chalk drawing of her daughter. Megan committed suicide on October 16, 2006, after being victimized by cyber bullies. Her mother now works to teach others about the harmful effect of Internet harassment.
  • Nov. 18, 2008: Lori Drew walks to federal court in Los Angeles. Drew has pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing computers without authorization. She is accused of helping create a false-identity account on the MySpace social networking site then posing as a teenage boy and befriending a 13-year old girl who later committed suicide.
  • June 16, 2008: Lori Drew, in this artistís rendering, appears in Los Angeles federal court on charges in an Internet hoax blamed for a 13-year-old girl's suicide. Drew pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and accessing protected computers without authorization to get information used to inflict emotional distress.
  • May 27, 2008: Tina Meier, mother of Megan Meier, in her home in O'Fallon, Mo., reflected in the glass framing of a chalk drawing of her daughter that was given to her by her aunt as a Christmas present the year that Megan died. Megan committed suicide on October 16, 2006, after being victimized by cyber bullies. Tina has created the Megan Meier Foundation, speaks at schools, and is working with stopcyberbullying.org to raise awareness about the issue.
  • Tina Meier holds photographs of her late daughter, Megan.
  • May 27, 2008: Tina Meier, mother of Megan Meier, in her home in O'Fallon, Mo., reflected in the glass framing of a chalk drawing of her daughter that was given to her by her aunt as a Christmas present the year that Megan died. Megan committed suicide on October 16, 2006, after being victimized by cyber bullies. Her mother now works to teach others about the harmful effect of Internet harassment.
  • May 27, 2008: Tina Meier, mother of Megan Meier, with a chalk drawing of her daughter. Tina Meier has created the Megan Meier Foundation, speaks at schools, and is working with stopcyberbullying.org to raise awareness about the issue.
  • A blog falsely claiming to be written by Lori Drew that caused an online uproar in December 2007.

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