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26th Dec 2008, 21:47
Online Bullying Case to Begin in US

A woman, who registered on MySpace as a boy, will face trial after she bullied a girl who later committed suicide. The jury selection is on its way. The 49-year-old Lori Drew pretended to be a boy named Josh Evans. She made friends with 13-year-old Megan Meier and after the woman broke off the "friendship" by writing a number of offensive words, the girl hanged herself.

The girl was a neighbor of Ms Drew, living in St Louis and a friend of the woman's daughter. She committed suicide in October 2006. It is believed that the girl hanged herself after receiving a number of cruel messages from the fake 16-year-old boy. One of the messages Drew wrote to the girl said that the world would be better off without her.

According to prosecutors, Drew and a number of other individuals decided to register a fake profile on MySpace after a fight she had with Meier. The charges Ms Drew faces are most often used against computer hackers, i.e. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The reason why these charges were stated is because prosecutors could not come across any laws within the state of Missouri that could be applied, reports BBC.

Drew could be sentenced to 20 years in case she is found guilty on each of the four counts. It is important to note that she is not being charged over the girl's death. At first District Judge George Wu decided not to take into consideration the evidence of the suicide in order to shun from the defense case. However, he dismissed the idea, considering the jurors would most probably know the details of the case.

The lawyers of Ms Drew are concerned with the fact that jury would confuse the issues and come up with the conclusion that the case is about the death of a young girl. "The jury is going to end up thinking that Lori Drew is being tried for the death of Megan Meier," said Dean Steward.

:think: nabasa ko lang to...sooner, it will happen here... makukulong coz of OL bullying.:slap::upset:

22nd Jan 2009, 12:11
'wag naman sana mangyari 'yan dito. baka may sakit sa pag-iisip si Ms or Mrs.? Drew kaya nagawa niya 'yon?
responsibilidad ng mga magulang na bantayan ang kanilang mga anak. Oo, lalo na mga anak nila na teenager.

Hans Gabriel
31st Jan 2009, 07:15
obviously that woman thought it would be jst a prank, sadly it turned out worst than she think it would...

31st Jan 2009, 07:30
knock on wood pre!:pray:

31st Jan 2009, 07:40
wala atang magawa un si Ms.Drew.. madami pala epekto yang online bullying..:think:

18th Feb 2009, 07:47
grabe, to that extent ang consequences ng simpleng pagtype at pagsend ng messages online. tsktsk. sad :sigh:

18th Feb 2009, 07:56
mahirap talaga yung ganyan..sana lang, kung nagpapanggap na ibang tao, hindi yung mga tipong nakaka-demoralize ang mga comments at messages..tsk,tsk..

22nd Feb 2009, 12:24
Grabeh naman ni Ms. Drew..
pero yung bata.. bakit naman siya nagpa-apekto..
suicide agad dahil sa mga cruel msgs.

24th Feb 2009, 13:42
sana merong ganyan dito....para kasuhan ko rin ung mga bullies online.... dami nila grabe.... !

28th Mar 2009, 13:45
y trust people in the net?

basta net,, bida an mga cnungaling..
depende sa tao kung papaniwalaan nya agad..sheeesh
sabagay, 13 yrs old lang kasi ung victim..

10th Apr 2009, 02:32
y trust people in the net?

basta net,, bida an mga cnungaling..
depende sa tao kung papaniwalaan nya agad..sheeesh
sabagay, 13 yrs old lang kasi ung victim..

tama ka! kaya dapat tayong maging mapanuri.

19th May 2009, 18:46
tama ka! kaya dapat tayong maging mapanuri.

mapagmatyag at mapangahas? :D :lmao: matanglawin. hehe

hehe.. trust nobody sa net...
hehe.. bata kasi kaya nagpa apekto d alam ang ggwin sa mga nabasa nyang messages at comment. akya nag pakamatay na lang siya.

2nd Aug 2009, 21:45

oo nga, pero if a person na hndi niya sineseryoso yun, malamang hndi siya magpapakamatay!

Akala ko "Online Buying' yung title! :laugh:

3rd Aug 2009, 13:21
di kaya natyempuhang down na yung bata. tpos makakabasa pa siya ng ganun.

4th Aug 2009, 20:05

onga, kung down siya dapat he/she takes time to rest his/her mind