Megan Meier was a 13 year old who struggled with depression, met a “boy” on MySpace. After six weeks of friendship, the boy turned on her and started sending her nasty messages. Megan killed herself. As it turns out, the boy was not a boy, but rather the mother (Lori Drew) of one of Megan’s former friends. And at that, the outrage began.
The police concluded that there were no relevant statutes under which they could hold Lori Drew responsible for Megan’s death, and as such the case was closed.
I think the cops did the right thing. I also think that people who are posting Lori Drew’s address online or vandalizing her property are in the wrong.
I will probably get the usual comments that call me cold hearted, and I am sure that someone will say that when I have children it will be different – I acknowledge that. But here’s my disconnect: what Lori Drew did was heinous and reprehensible. But there is no way to hold her criminal responsible without creating a terrible legal precedent that would surely return to bite good people in the ass. My heart breaks for Megan Meier’s parents, because they did have their daughter taken from them.
What actually pisses me off the most is the reactions of people who purport to “support” Megan Meier’s parents. From posting the Drew’s address on the web, vandalizing the Drew’s property, shouting to the heavens that the laws be changed to make it illegal to insult someone on the internet, suggesting violence against the Drew family, and sundry other foolishness. I’m especially put off by the fact that actual crimes have been committed against the Drews – what exactly is that supposed to accomplish?
I don’t want people to think for a split second that I’m defending Lori Drew or her repugnant, immoral actions. But just because she did something wrong doesn’t revoke any of her rights, nor does it give anyone the right to violate Lori’s rights in some kind of revenge.
That a little girl died is a tragedy – but committing more crimes, or criminalizing certain types of speech you don’t like certainly isn’t going to change that.