Parents Blame MySpace.com User For Daughter's Suicide
11:41 AM, Nov 19, 2007
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(KSDK) - It's been more than a year since their daughter's suicide, but a St. Charles County family hopes talking about it now could prevent a similar case in the future.
Tina and Ron Meier say their 13-year-old daughter, Megan, was driven to take her own life, because of a cyber bully.
"We're still grieving over our daughter’s death," Ron Meier said.
Tina and Ron Meier decided to move their daughter to a private school last fall after Megan had problems with students bullying her. "Being called names, fat, ugly, kids just being very mean to each other."
Meier says Megan enjoyed a new school. "She was happy everyday once she started her new school. She had a whole new set of friends."
Megan was especially excited about making a connection on MySpace.com with a boy who called himself Josh Evans, a 16 year old who claimed to live nearby. He even included a picture.
"He was a good-looking boy, brown hair and blue eyes," Tina Meier said.
Josh showered Megan with compliments online. Tina Meier says Josh would tell her, “How beautiful her eyes were, what a great person she was on a daily basis."
Around October 15, 2006, Megan began receiving insulting messages from Josh. Tina Meier said, "I don't know if I want to be friends with you, you're not a very nice friend, and Megan looked at me and said, 'What is that about?'"
Megan, who had a history of depression, became more upset as Josh's messages became crueler. On October 16, Ron tried to console Megan
“I told her, 'Don't worry about it,'” Ron Meier said. "Obviously they are not your real true friends."
A few minutes later Tina went to Megan’s room. “Tina let out a scream and I ran upstairs to see Megan hanging in her closet. I grabbed her by one arm and the closet rack by the other and yanked it all down. Tina ran and got a knife and cut the belt from her neck and started performing CPR.”
Megan died a day later. About six weeks after her funeral, a neighbor told the Meiers Josh Evans never existed and the MySpace.com account was created by a mother of a former classmate of Megan.
According to a St. Charles County Sheriff's Department report, the mother and her daughter typed, read and monitored Megan's exchanges with "Josh." The mother told deputies she "aimed at gaining Megan's confidence and finding out what Megan felt about her daughter and other people." The mother went on to say the communication became "sexual for a thirteen year old". Tina recently saw the mother in person.
"She said, 'Stop all of it, please stop all of it,' and I told her we would never stop all of it. We will get justice for Megan," Tina Meier said.
The mother who admitted to creating the fictitious Josh Evans declined to speak with NewsChannel 5. She has not been charged with a crime.
The Meiers say they supervised Megan's exchanges on MySpace.com most of the time. They're now calling for more regulation on the Internet.