In a case that sends a strong message about the possible consequences of cyber bullying, a federal grand jury on May 15 indicted a Missouri woman for her alleged role in perpetrating a hoax through the online social network MySpace against a 13-year-old neighbor who subsequently committed suicide.


Lori Drew of suburban St. Louis allegedly helped create a false-identity MySpace account to contact Megan Meier, who thought she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy named Josh Evans. Josh didn’t exist.


Megan hanged herself at home in October 2006 after receiving cruel messages, including one stating the world would be better off without her.

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