This story just proves my theory that people should have to get a parent license before they are allowed to procreate.
I don't know how many of you have heard about the suicide of Megan Meier, the 13-year-old girl from St. Louis who killed herself last year after her online "boyfriend" cruelly broke up with her on MySpace and then became a victim of an onslaught of cyber-bullying.
Tragic tale, no? But here's the kicker. The "boyfriend" and the person who orchestrated all the cyber-bullying against the girl was Lori Drew, the mother (oh yes, I said mother, as in an adult) of one of Megan's former friends.
It seems Drew created the profile to get back at Megan for wrongs she had done to her daughter. She created created a fake myspace page, posing as a 16-year-old boy interested in dating Megan. Drew gained her trust, got other people in on the plan, including Megan's teenage friends and then finally made a nasty little scheme to give what she calls "Megan a taste of her own medicine."
The plan backfired, and Megan, who Drew knew had a history of depression, killed herself. The story caused a media firestorm when it first happened in Oct. 2006.
When I first heard about this, I couldn't believe it. Sure no parent wants to see their kid hurt but to go to those lengths to get back at a 13-year-old? Are you kidding me?
But I think the worst part of all this is that now Drew is trying to tell her side of the story and while I fully believe she should be given every opportunity to do that, what she is saying is mind-boggling. Now granted, the authenticity of this blog posted by a woman calling herself Lori Drew hasn't been proven, but it sounds like it might be legit. And if it is, Lord help us all.
You can read the blog here: http://meganhaditcoming.blogspot.com/2007/12/im-lori-drew.html
For the original story, click here: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=3882520&page=1
As much as I understand a parent's need to protect their child, this woman was an adult preying on a 13-year-old girl. I don't care if the child was an evil, manipulative little brat. She was 13. When I was 13, I'm sure there were more than a few people who wanted to wring my little bratty neck. But they didn't. And more importantly, I didn't have adults scheming how to ruin my life.
And true, I don't think anyone believes Lori Drew set out to make Megan commit suicide, but that still doesn't absolve her from what she did. As an adult she should have known better. Teens have fragile self-esteem and psyches. The last thing they need is an adult, a mother, no doubt, scheming to turn their life into a living hell.
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