The Dangerous Power Of The Cyberspace

We all know that the Internet is a crazy, strange and sometimes dangerous place. Fraud, crime, spam we’re all pretty much aware of what’s lurking in the shadows of the world wide web but tragic cases like these make us seriously think about where things are heading online…

This is a really odd story and wouldn’t it be posted in the news, I’m sure you too would have a hard time believing it cause it’s so twisted and strange.

Megan Meier thought she had made a new friend in cyberspace when a cute teenage boy named Josh contacted her on MySpace and began exchanging messages with her.

Megan, a 13-year-old who suffered from depression and attention deficit disorder, corresponded with Josh for more than a month before he abruptly ended their friendship, telling her he had heard she was cruel.

The next day Megan committed suicide. Her family learned later that Josh never actually existed; he was created by members of a neighborhood family that included a former friend of Megan’s.

Josh told her he was born in Florida and had recently moved to the nearby community of O’Fallon. He said he was homeschooled, and didn’t yet have a phone number in the area to give her.

Megan’s parents said she received a message from him on Oct. 15 of last year, essentially saying he didn’t want to be her friend anymore, that he had heard she wasn’t nice to her friends.

The woman who created the fake profile has not been charged with a crime. She allegedly told the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department she created Josh’s profile because she wanted to gain Megan’s confidence to know what Megan was saying about her own child online.

Ok, so that woman wanted to know what Megan was saying about her kid online, is it just me or does that strike you as deranged? She certainly should be on medication too.

I very much doubt though that she’ll receive any form of punishment.

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