November 20, 2007
St. Louis County, Mo. It took just a matter of days for the outcry to reach a fever pitch. The story of Megan Meier, a 13 year old who took her life nearly a year ago after an adult bullied her online for weeks has finally been told.
It took just a matter of days for this sleeping case to go from relative obscurity to front page news across the country.
St. Charles County Officials sought to quell the outpouring of outrage by vowing to have a new look at the case.
St. Charles County Prosecutor, Jack Banas announced recently to review the case in an effort to see if a law would apply to the Internet activities employed in this case.
"The Problem with such a case isn't just whether a law has been broken, but determining who was responsible for what." said Banas.
Thus far, the lukewarm assessment given by local and federal officials in the Meier case has met with harsh criticism, included other attorneys and prosecutors across the country. Average people struggle to understand how such venomous actions could register a lessor offense with our legal system than a simple parking ticket.
The Vice will be following this case closely to report what the St. Charles County Prosecutor's Office determines.