Meet Megan Meier, a regular 13 year old girl in America. I’ve read her story before back in 2006 but hadn’t heard the last part of it, so I present the whole case here for you.
Megan had problems with depression due to her weight, but was starting to overcome them and get on with her life. She’d joined the volleyball team at her school and had even begun to cut her friends down, getting rid of those she felt led her astray. For the first time in her life she was starting to be happy. She begged her mother to let her have a MySpace account and was finally allowed on the condition that her mother had the password and could keep an eye on the account. Six weeks later she would be dead.
Megan’s first new friend on MySpace was a boy called Josh Evans a 16 year old from a nearby city. Megan’s mother was concerned about this burgeoning relationship and even contacted the police in an attempt to find out if Josh was real. The police told her there was no way to find out. Mrs Meier was still concerned about the friendship due to the age difference but kept an eye on things and, seeing no inappropiate messages were being sent, allowed it to continue. They only talked about their days and their feelings about things that had occurred. Hopes, dreams and fears were shared and Megan was hoping to invite Josh to her 14th birthday party.
The last day of Megan’s life, Josh sent her a weird message claiming that he didn’t want to know her anymore because he’d heard she was nasty to her friends. Her mother consoled her and told her to just log off and ignore him. A while later she returned from taking Megan’s sister to the dentist and found Megan in the middle of an online warzone. Josh had forwarded Megan’s private messages to everyone on her friends list and she was in the middle of a storm of abuse from friends and Josh himself. Her mother told her off for disobeying her and for the language she was using, turned off the computer and sent Megan to her room. Twenty minutes later Mrs Meier went upstairs and found her daughter hanging in her closet. She was dead with tears still staining her cheeks.
MySpace deleted the Josh Evans account and all record of the incident was deleted with it, until the truth finally came to light a year after Megan’s suicide. One of the friends that Megan had broken up with was a girl called Sarah. They had been best friends but had started to drift apart so Megan had ended the friendship. It was at that point that Sarah’s mother, Lori Drew had created the Josh (incidentally Josh and Lori use the same typing pattern on a phone with predictive text) Evans account on MySpace so she could see what was being said about her daughter and play a prank on the person who dared not to want her child as a friend.
The Meier family had found this out a while after the funeral from someone who had been given access to the Josh Evans account. Lori, her daughter Sarah, one of Lori’s employees and a schoolfriend of Sarah’s had all been in on the prank. It was Sarah’s friend (who remains unnamed) that finally came forward and admitted the truth.
The Meier family reported all this to the police and were told to keep it to themselves while an investigation was performed. Despite Lori’s statement admitting what she did no charges could be brought about due to the nature of the harassment, and after being told this a year into the investigation the Meier family broke their silence in November last year.
One final piece of information. The Meier family were hiding a birthday present for Sarah Drew for her mother. Upon finding out that Lori Drew had been the one sending messages that caused their daughter to take her own life, the Meiers destroyed the present and dumped the pieces on the lawn of the Drew family. Lori Drew pressed criminal charges against the Meiers for that. This woman truly is evil.