Mother of Suicide Victim Worried about Cyberbully Cases
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The mother of a teen suicide victim tells KMOX she hopes last week’s failed internet harassment case doesn’t scare prosecutors away.
In last week’s trial Prosecutors alleged a St. Peters woman posted a 17-year-old girl’s personal information and photos on Craigslist in retaliation.
The defense argued she was standing up for her daughters and used information that was already available on the Internet.
Jurors acquitted her in what was the first case brought under Missouri’s recent felony cyberbully law.
The law was crafted after the highly publicized death of Megan Meier. Her mom Tina hopes prosecutors won’t shy away from future cases.
“The bottom line is if we don’t start taking severe consequences when these things start happening people are going to continue to keep thinking its not a big deal, it’s a slap on the wrist and move on with their lives,” says Meier.
Megan Meier was found hanging in her closet just weeks after receiving harassing messages on MySpace she thought were from a boy, but instead were posted by a neighboring family.
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