“…on October 16, 2006, the tone of the messages changed. After Megan got home from school, Tina Meier signed onto MySpace (much like what Facebook is today) for Megan. She was in a hurry because she had to take her younger daughter, Allison, to the orthodontist. Before she could get to the door, Megan was upset. “Josh” sent troubling messages to Megan, including one that said:I don’t know if I want to be friends with you anymore because I’ve heard that you are not very nice to your friends. More messages of this type were sent, some of Megan’s messages were shared with others, and bulletins were posted about her. According to her father Ron Meier and a neighbor who had discussed the hoax with Drew, the last message sent by “Josh” read: “Everybody in O’Fallon knows who you are. You are a bad person and everybody hates you. Have a shitty rest of your life. The world would be a better place without you”.
I don’t often extract lengthy passages from books or online publication but for this story I felt compelled to. The reality of cyber bullying and the horrors that follow needs to be understood not only by children but also parents. It is most disturbing to read in 2020 that students are being suspended for cyberbullying and some parents are finding issue with the suspension.
Under no circumstances should anyone be made to feel the way that Megan did and the end result is an action that to this day, her parents can’t begin to come to terms with.
Megan was a mere three weeks away from celebrating her 13th birthday but sadly due to the worse case of cyberbullying, she ended her life. Her mother, rushing into her room to find her hanging from the noose of a belt. Can you begin to grapple with the horror that must have swept through this lady and her husband?
This is what I believe many parents today can’t comprehend. Cyberbullying is very real and it has claimed lives. Friends talk to each other about the crime, especially if you know a friend who actively bullies someone. Try your best to talk them out of the practice and even if you have to tell a trusted adult. You just might save a life.
Have a great day ya’ll and God bless.