Wednesday, November 14, 2007

MySpace Scheme Leads To Child's Death

Nothing in this world makes me as angry as seeing meanness in people. A new apex of meanness has arrived when parents seek to to hurt the emotional wellbeing of a child. I'm not talking about the passionate mistakes that are made on no notice which are bad enough, but the cold and calculated moves made by adults to deliberately harm a child--a child they knew to have self esteem issues and bouts of depression.

Two young teenagers living on the same street develop an on-again, off-again friendship. This is not unusual especially among teenage girls.

Enter one of the girls' busybody parents who is unable to discern that children need positive influences in their lives and not private investigators and gardeners of discontent. The parent and her daughter concoct a scheme in which they create a fake account for the sole purpose of luring the other girl into their confidence. The confidence could then be used to dig up information on what what the girl might be saying about the failed friendship. The contrived account was that of an attractive boy who could use his manufactured charm to get a grip on the girl's emotions. Then, at a later date once the fake friendship and emotional bond had been established, the charm was changed to meanness and savagery.

From the police report:

"(She) stated in the months leading up Meier's daughter's suicide, she instigated and monitored a 'my space' account which was created for the sole purpose of communicating with Meier's daughter.

"(She) said she, with the help of temporary employee named ------ constructed a profile of 'good looking' male on 'my space' in order to 'find out what Megan (Meier's daughter) was saying on-line' about her daughter. (She) explained the communication between the fake male profile and Megan was aimed at gaining Megan's confidence and finding out what Megan felt about her daughter and other people.

"(She) stated she, her daughter and (the temporary employee) all typed, read and monitored the communication between the fake male profile and Megan …..

"According to (her) 'somehow' other 'my space' users were able to access the fake male profile and Megan found out she had been duped. (She) stated she knew 'arguments' had broken out between Megan and others on 'my space.' (She) felt this incident contributed to Megan's suicide, but she did not feel 'as guilty' because at the funeral she found out 'Megan had tried to commit suicide before.'"
This story is ugly beyond belief.

And this time a child is dead for it. They may not have put the belt around the young girl's neck but they are responsible for it.

The identity of the parent perpetrating this monstrous deed is being withheld to protect the identity of her own complicit child. The evil parent should have her identity plastered across billboards nationwide and not protected.

She feels little guilt because the victim had already suffered from emotional problems. Wow, that must be a huge relief. Knowing this should make her feel additionally guilty, not safe from it.

In an ironic twist, it is the parent's of the dead child that are being sued by the Myspace site creator because the bereaved parents after finding out about the scheme and in a fit of rage, destroyed a foosball table and dumped the remains on the lawn of the perpetrator. Damages sought--$1,000. The police report information above stemmed from those charges.

I. Am. Angry.

h/t Conservative Grapevine

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