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MySpace Tragedy

November 17, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Perusing Reddit a couple of days ago, I came across this stunning, unbelievably sad news report. It is the story of 13-year-old Megan Meier, who hanged herself after a series of increasingly degrading messages sent to her by an online “friend” from MySpace. The persona, Josh Evans, turned out to have been created by the mother of one of Megan’s peers. This mother made the fake identity in order to find out how Megan felt about her daughter, an ex-friend of Megan’s.

But as several more people found out and began contributing to the MySpace identity, “Josh Evans” changed drastically, turning on Megan and calling her a bitch and slut. But the message, according to the report, that drives Megan over the edge is one where “Josh” tells her the world would be better off without her.

I was absolutely shell-shocked to read about this, and then to hear that the adults involved in the online harassment of Megan are free of repercussions. Everything about this leaves a sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach.

Despicable. Cruel. Outrageous.

Categories: news, tragedy
  1. Anonymous
    November 18, 2007 at 12:32 am

    Yes, the on-line world can be cruel, even on very open forums. It requires a lot of inner strength to repel it.

    My kids know that there isn’t much truth out there. That personas aren’t real. After all they create false id’s themselves for protection. As we do also.

    Each time a tragedy like this occurs it is a lesson for everyone else, an opportunity to talk and become aware.

  2. nell
    November 18, 2007 at 1:36 am

    Absolutely. Actually, it seems like the most open forums are especially vulnerable to cruelty from its members.

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