Saturday, November 17, 2007

Girl killed herself over online hoax

This is why I monitor what my daughter does on the internet.

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.

Fucking MySpace.com. I hate that fucking thing.

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.

A 13 year-old does not suffer from depression. You have nothing to be depressed about when you're 13. That's just puberty. Everyone goes through it. And as far as ADD goes, if see was able to keep an online relationship going for a month, she had no trouble paying attention. ADD is the pharmaceutical companies way of giving children medication for being young.

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.

Surprise!

Now Megan's parents hope the people who made the fraudulent profile on the social networking Web site will be prosecuted, and they are seeking legal changes to safeguard children on the Internet.

Okay, it was a cruel joke. Rotten thing to do. But criminal? Nah. How can you gauge how close someone is to offing themselves. If she were THAT fucking unstable perhaps she shouldn't have been allowed to have an online relationship. Huh. A little parenting perhaps?So fake profiles on MySpace would be open to criminal prosecution? You ever go on that fucking thing? There's profiles for people that don't even exist, like Superman and Mario and Luigi from the Super Mario Brothers video Game. This is typical of a parent or parents dropping the fucking ball on guarding their children and instead of putting the responsibility where it lies, with themselves, they go on the warpath and blame everyone and everything else for their missteps. My daughter's online surfing is monitored by either myself or my girlfriend. We have rules of which sites she is allowed to visit and if she comes across a site that we feel is inappropiate, we don't yell and scream and punish, that'll only make it that more enticing. We sit our child down and try to put what she saw into perspective and explain why at her age we feel it's not something she should be seeing or interacting with. I'm not an idiot, I know she thinks we're assholes and she wants to go to those sites. But that's the best we can do. And I'll tell you this much, I ever catch her on MySpace having an online relationship I'll drop kick the computer off the fucking roof. It doesn't make me a better parent than anyone else, it makes me a good parent and that's the best I can do.

The girl's mother, Tina Meier, said she doesn't think anyone involved intended for her daughter to kill herself. "But when adults are involved and continue to screw with a 13-year-old, with or without mental problems, it is absolutely vile," she told the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis, which first reported on the case.

I agree it's a pretty shitty thing to do. But again, not criminal. I'm more interested in how a 13-year-old girl with "depression" problems is allowed to have an online relationship. I mean, that's got to raise more red flags than fucking China.

Tina Meier said law enforcement officials told her the case did not fit into any law. But sheriff's officials have not closed the case and pledged to consider new evidence if it emerges.

That's what they say to you when you report a bike stolen.

Megan Meier hanged herself in her bedroom on Oct. 16, 2006, and died the next day. She was described as a "bubbly, goofy" girl who loved spending time with her friends, watching movies and fishing with her dad.

Sounds very depressed.
Look, it's sad that a 13-year-old felt she had no other choice but to end her own life. It's sick that an adult would be responsible for pushing her to that option through nasty communications on MySpace. Should the people responsible for the fake profile be held legally responsible for her death? No. Should they have their heads bashed in with a broom handle? Yea, probably. But in all, watch what you're children are doing on the internet and remember they don't have the same mind set as you yet. What you may see as a nasty prank they see as the end of their lives as they know it. Keep your eyes on them or...well...this might happen.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're right Mad Man. the problem is the computer is usually in the child's room, the kid closes the door...out of sight & mind and the parents are free to do anything they want instead of bring them into the fold...or try to be good
parents and let them bring you into what they're doing...don't be so judgmental

November 19, 2007 1:41 PM  
Blogger A Mad Man said...

Just because the computer is in the child's room is no excuse. Your child should never be "out of sight, out of mind", just think about what that means.
At a young age, perhaps the computer should be in the family room. There are programs and security settings on computers that can give a parent the right to control what the child interacts with while online. Taking some time out from your oh-so-busy schedule to talk to your kids, whether they want to or not, about the things they are doing should never be an inconvenience just because the child is behind a closed door. Parents have the ability to check the web's history. There's a million ways to monitor what the child is doing. Especially so if the child is on medication for depression, perhaps that's just cause enough to be overly cautious.
Look, bottom line, I'd rather my daughter hate me until she's 18 or 21 when she gets old enough to realize why I was the way I was and did the things the way I did them then have to cut her down from the ceiling at 13.

November 19, 2007 7:00 PM  
Blogger f.b.i.t.c. said...

Amen Mad Man, Amen.

Some 'parents' need to look in the dictionary nowadays to see what it means.

Anyone can make a kid, but not anyone can raise one properly.

Case in point.

November 20, 2007 1:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can be bubbly and have lots of friends and still be depressed you retard, stop trying to act like you know everything.

November 20, 2007 7:58 AM  
Blogger A Mad Man said...

Sure you can, you can have a goofy and bubbly personality, lots of friends, enjoy the outdoor with daddy and movie-time and still be depressed, when you're old enough to even know what you're depressed about. Sorry but I don't subscribe to the which-mental-illness-do-you-have? club that seems to be so popular nowadays. Everyone's depressed, every kid has ADD and everyone has restless leg syndrome, or trouble sleeping, or staying awake, or staying focused, or they're too sad, too emtional or not emtional enough. It's bullshit if you ask me.
Serious depression symptoms are listed as this:
Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
Loss of interest in dailly activities
Appetite or weight changes
Sleep changes
Psychomotor agitation or retardation
Loss of energy
Self-loathing
Concentration problems
Irritability
Aches and pains

Wow all that sounds like a list of pretty much everything you can expect to witness in a teenager. Are their depressed people out there, really, really, really depressed people. Yes, there are. They aren't 13 though. I mean come on, with the Gothic and Emo kids writing death poems and pretending their lives are bleak and hopeless as they hurry along to Science class it's not something new to think being depressed, or crazy, is cool. But are those kids really depressed, really crazy? Nope. Cause they eventually grow out of it. You don't grow out of crazy. Ask Charles Manson.

Point here is, you have a 13 year-old girl who killed herself over her immaturity. She couldn't handle a break up over the internet, could handle being called names and decided to kill herself. At 13, your whole life is school. That's all you think there will ever be. You don't realize you won't see 90% of those people ever again. That girl should never had been allowed to be doing what she did but depressed? No, she wasn't depressed. She was a 13 year old girl acting the way a 13 year old girl acts to being dumped and made fun of when no one's fucking watching. She just took it a step too far and I would chalk that one up to her still-developing ability to factor conseqences because of her age. Puberty's a bitch, let me know when they make a pill for that.

And lastly, since now my fingers hurt, I don't claim to know everything, I don't claim to know anything, if you look at my profile, I admit I'm just an everyday man calling it how I SEE IT. You don't like what I think, hey, you're free to agrue and disagree, I enjoy heated debate. There are a few things I do know though, like firstly, a 13-year-old should never be allowed to have an online-relationship, two, people should not be held criminally liable for another person's reaction to being pranked, no matter how tasteless the prank may have been, and three, anyone who includes in their argument a personal attack, like calling someone a retard, is either feeling personally attacked (prehaps you're a young one pretending to be depressed at school to fit in?) or they disagree and are either not intelligent enough to argue their point logically, or they're just immature and not worth the time to even debate. Or, they could just be retarded.

November 20, 2007 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

see this is what i mean retard, haha il act mature now. i just mean you try to portray that you are rly rly clever and everything you say is fact. how do you know her parents LET her have an online relationship, if all they did was see her on myspace?, im sorry if they did know she was having a relationship i havnt read into this much

November 20, 2007 1:15 PM  
Blogger A Mad Man said...

Actually most of my post was opinion, but I don't expect you to understand that since you apparently skipped a few english classes this semester.
Secondly, the mother stated she was aware of the relationship well before it all went downhill. I know that cause I read up on things before running my mouth off. Any intelligent being will tell you to do so. That way, you don't end up looking like a moron. It was a wise man that once said better to be silent and thought a moron than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. So next time get your facts straight and then argue, doesn't work the other way around. Come see me when you get your GED. And that's about all the reply I'll waste on you.

November 20, 2007 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg lol. talk about touchy. what the hell is a semester. what the hell is a ged lol.
tbh your gave quite a long reply haha. i dont rly look like a moron or mormon if you will, im not arguing with you i agree with you on most of the stuff you stated. i just think that you portray some arrogancy when talking about depression.

November 21, 2007 6:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

madman, don't even bother with this kid. It's obvious he/she has nothing better to do than run their mouth after they're done with their homework. Can't even keep his point on track. Probably just some immature middle-school child with too much time on their hands.

Little note kiddy, you're making a fool of yourself.

November 21, 2007 12:36 PM  
Blogger A Mad Man said...

I'm not sweating it, like I said, I'm done replying to this person. No point in having a conversation with someone who doesn't even know what he's trying to say. Thanks for looking out though.

November 21, 2007 1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

retarddddd. i dont even have a point to make tbh lol. making a fool of yourself is trying to act clever when you arent ahem, i do the opposite. i know you have a reputation to keep up sad man, so il let you off.

ps. gay

November 22, 2007 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

man shut up

November 22, 2007 10:18 AM  

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