Prompted by outrage over a Missouri teen's suicide after an internet hoax, United States Rep. Kenny Hulshof on May 22 introduced a bill that would impose federal criminal penalties for cyber bullying.

Hulshof, a Missouri Republican who is running for governor of that state, said the measure might prevent more tragedies like that of 13-year-old Megan Meier.

Megan killed herself two years ago after receiving cruel messages on a social networking web site from a fictional boy she met online.

Lori Drew, the mother of another girl in Megan's suburban St. Louis neighborhood, has been charged for her alleged role in the hoax


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