A 21-year-old woman accused of sending a vulgar text message to a 17-year-old girl is one of the first cases brought under a new Missouri state law against cyber bullying that was prompted by the suicide of a teenage girl after she received cruel online messages.

The 2006 death of 13-year-old Megan Meier prompted Missouri lawmakers to update the state's harassment law earlier this year so that it now covers cyber bullying and stalking done through electronic media, such as eMail or text messages.

A handful of cases related to electronic communication have been filed statewide since the law took effect Aug.


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