A Nurse with a Gun

Friday, November 16, 2007

Unspeakable

Megan
If there are not criminal charges to prevent this from ever happening again, justice has failed.

If this community does not absolutely shun these miscreants they are culpable.

Read Megan's story at the risk of never viewing MySpace in the same light again.

CNN's Gary Tuchman video report.

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not understand MySpace.

It just seems like a giant mirror of Narcissus, with millions of narcissists looking into it.

Unfortunately, millions of teens across the planet will never grow out of the narcissism of adolescence because they will imagine that their narcissism is normal.

I think the whole thing is simply sick.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Weetabix said...

I had long known that MySpace was a seething pit of ... unpleasantness, but this puts it right over the edge.

Even if there's no criminal charge that can be brought, you'd think they could hit them civilly.

Despicable.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Sevesteen said...

It isn't possible to regulate every reprehensible act without a nanny government that is even worse overall. "There ought to be a law" is understandable, but can you outlaw this specific type of behavior without even worse unintended consequences?

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Kristopher said...

Allowing children to learn socialization skills from each other is a mistake.

Socialization should be taught by adults to children ... which is why homeschooled children are almost always better adjusted than state schooled children.

Allow a child to socialize unsupervised ( on the internet or elsewhere ) is just negligent.

Yes ... the behavior of the impostors was criminal, and should be punished. But she would have never been put in that position if she had not been allowed to play on the internet unsupervised. At the very least, her parents should have blocked pedo haunts like myspace at the firewall.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Regolith said...

MySpace is just like any other community website on the 'net.

The problem with myspace is that it seems to encourage users to give out more personal information than is normal. Hence, it is more easily used for cyber-bullying and stalking.

More laws aren't needed. Parents teaching their children proper internet security measures is.

This particular story is complicated by the fact that the girl's tormentors knew her already. They'd have gotten to her eventually, whether or not they used the internet as their medium.

5:00 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

I wonder what mortifying degree of cruelty it takes for people-- especially adults-- to trifle with a mentally unstable child? Sick.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just watched this story on Anderson Cooper at this link http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2007/11
/16/bts.myspace.teen.suicide.cnn

Seeing her Tina and Ron describe what happened themselves is so heartbreaking. I hope that some sort of legal action is taken against the neighbors for their behavior and I hope their community shuns them.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous justice4megan said...

Well played, internet. These people deserve everything they have coming to them, including the daughter who was a willing participate in the whole charade.

Find a way to use the following phrases/names in comments of any blog you run across on the story:

Lori Drew
Curt Drew
Drew Advantage
Megan Meier
Myspace hoax/suicide

This will ensure that stories about this incident will rise to the top of popular search enginges, and anybody looking for legitimate information about these people and their business will find out the real story about who they're dealing with.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Danny Vice said...

Ms. Drew played directly on the sensitivities she knew would cause maximum damage to the Megan. Ms. Drew lured Megan in a way she knew would be most devastating to the child.

This wicked MOA Drew used is the exact methodology that a child predator employs to bait, lure and reel a child victim into doing their will. Child grooming was utilized over weeks and weeks to gain the child's trust... and once trust was obtained, she exploited it into a relationship. (Another Child Predator Hallmark).

When Ms. Drew saw her bullets were hitting it's mark, she turned up the heat. She invited others to partake in the sick, twisted mental assault on this child, keeping the pressure up. Even her business employee joined in the game.

Ms. Drew then delivered the final blow that many depressed 13 year old girls would crumble under.

She mentally raped the child and left her for dead. Better said, encouraged her for dead.

Ms. Drew remains smug and defiant about her actions - even seeks to attack this grieving family while their beloved daughter's memory is fresh in their mind.

She has committed the unthinkable.... and doesn't even acknowledge she abused this child.

Child Predators go to jail for their actions. Physical contact is not required for a conviction. Evidence of any kind of sexually charged grooming of a child by an adult is worthy of a charge of indecent liberties with a child.... or at the very least harassment.

If even assisted suicide is criminal intent, driving someone to it should at least qualify as something more heinous than an ordinary parking ticket.

Danny Vice
http://weeklyvice.blogspot.com/

11:01 PM  
Blogger Danny Vice said...

On Wednesday, October 21st, city officials enacted an ordinance designed to address the public outcry for justice in the Megan Meier tragedy. The six member Board of Aldermen made Internet harassment a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $500 fine and 90 days in jail.

Does this new law provide any justice for Megan? Does this law provide equitable relief for a future victim or actually weaken the current law?

I reject the premise of this new law and believe it completely misses the mark. The reasoning behind this opinion is that city officials have consistently treated this case as an Internet harassment case instead of a child welfare/exploitation case.

Classifying this case a harassment issue completely fails to address the most serious aspects of the methods Lori Drew employed to lead this youth to her demise. The Vice disagrees that harassment was even a factor in this case until just a couple of days before Megan's death.

Considering this case a harassment issue is incorrect because during the 5 weeks Lori Drew baited and groomed her victim, the attention was NOT unwanted attention. It was not harassment at all. It was invited attention. Megan participated in the conversations willingly because she was lured, manipulated and exploited without her knowledge.

This law willfully sets a precedent that future child exploiters and predators can use to reclassify their cases to harassment issues. In effect, the law enacted to give Megan justice, may make her even more vulnerable. So long as the child victim doesn't tell the predator to stop, even a harassment charge may not stick with the right circumstances and a good defender.

Every aspect of this case follows the same procedural requirement used to convict a Child Predator. A child was manipulated by an adult. A child was engaged in sexually explicit conversation (as acknowledged by Lori Drew herself). An adult imposed her will on a child by misleading her, using a profile designed to sexually or intimately attract the 13 year old Megan.

Lori then utilized the power she had gained over this child to cause significant distress and endangerment to that child. She even stipulated to many of these activities in the police report she filed shortly after Megan's death.

We can go on and on here, but the parallels between this case and many other child predator cases that are successfully prosecuted bear striking similarities.

Child Predator laws do not require much more than simply proving that an adult has engaged a minor in sexually explicit conversation. Lori Drew has already stipulated that her conversations with Megan were sometimes sexual for a child Megan's age.

City officials who continue to ignore this viable, documented admission and continue to address this issue as harassment are intentionally burying their heads in the sand, when the solution is staring them right in the face. Why?

On June 5th, 2006, Governor Matt Blunt signed into law stiff penalties for convicted sex offenders. The Vice believes that officials continually reject a child predator classification of this case in order to keep the penalty of this offense out of this harsher realm.

Opponents of this law are active in defeating this law not by changing it, but by disqualifying cases like Megan's from ever being heard.

There are several other child exploitation laws on the books. To date, none of them have even been considered by City, State and Federal officials in this case. I'm outraged that a motion was never even filed, so that the case could at least be argued before a judge or jury.

Those satisfied with this response out of Missouri officials need to think through the effect this law will truly have. It quite honestly has the potential to directly undermine Jessica's law. It quiet easily gives prosecutors a way out of prosecuting child endangerment and child predator cases in the future.

Beware the wolf in sheep's clothing here.

Danny Vice
http://weeklyvice.blogspot.com

9:29 PM  

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