“It was like someone handed her a loaded gun.”

The Megan Meier foundation was created from series of unfortunate events. A 13 year old girl from Missouri, hung herself because of online cyber bullying. Not only was Megan bullied from other classmates, but from her friend and neighbor’s MOTHER. She was behind the whole thing. The mother was supposedly upset that Megan had been on and off friends with her daughter. While Megan terminated the friendship, the friends mother thought it was a good idea to “get back” at Megan by making a fake profile of a boy, getting Megan to like him, and then publically break up with her. This fake profile, Josh, not only broke up with her, but said nasty things like, “Everybody in O’Fallon knows how you are. You are a bad person and everybody hates you. Have a shitty rest of your life. The world would be a better place without you.”

SO…

Once the Meier family found out the deadly truth, they tried very hard to pin this against their neighbors. They so desperately wanted to press criminal charges, but ultimately, there was no proof that any specific person or act was the reason she took her life. Megan’s father was unable to pull up the vile messages of cyberbullying proof for the FBI.

In my eyes, this issue has become more and more relevant to today’s internet regulations. Hate speech and cyberbullying have become illegal. This case was from 2006. After doing some research, it is no coincidence that the earliest cyberbullying laws were created in 2005 in Colorado and then in 2006 in South Carolina and Idaho. Megan’s home state, Missouri, created their bullying laws in 2010 because of complications with teachers and privacy. In 2010, every state had either laws or policies created for anti-bullying. In fact, there are currently 34 states have created their own cyberbullying laws.

We all know that Myspace is now super outdated. Even in class we went over how social media platforms are constantly changing and updating. Right now, because social media has become so prominent, I feel that cases like this are super important when social media platforms or internet websites regulate their policies.

http://www.meganmeierfoundation.org/megans-story.html

http://www.ncsl.org/research/education/cyberbullying.aspx

https://www.google.com/#q=how+many+states+in+the+us+have+cyberbullying+laws

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