It's a picture-perfect all-American neighborhood, but on Waterford Crystal Drive, just outside St. Louis, a suburban enclave is in turmoil and shock after the suicide of 13-year-old Megan Meier. It all began a year ago when Megan met a boy on the Internet.
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Megan was insecure and slightly overweight and was thrilled to have a page on the social networking site MySpace, and to be contacted by "Josh Evans." Tina Meier, Megan's mom, described Josh as having blue eyes and brown, wavy hair and looking like a model. She asked Megan whether she knew him. In fact, Megan did not know Josh, who told her he was 16 and had just moved to town.
Ron Meier, Megan's father, was slightly concerned. "Everybody that was on there we had to know, and this individual we did not know," he said.
"The content that was on there was approved by us so there could not be any inappropriate content on there at all," said Tina Meier. The Meiers, fearful of the dangers to teens online, worried more about Megan. She had a history of depression and was prescribed medication. "Megan just always felt like she wasn't wanted or accepted enough. And that was the hardest thing to try to get her to just be herself," said Tina. Watch the story Friday on "20/20" at 10 p.m. ET
Recently, things seemed to be turning around for Megan. She had lost weight, switched to a smaller, private school and had made new friends. There had been a rift with another 13-year-old down the street, a close friend, who felt Megan had deserted her, but Megan was happier than ever and excited about her new online relationship, her parents said.
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"Josh did the showing of attention as far as commenting on her pictures, telling her she had beautiful eyes, what a great smile she had," said Tina. "And for Megan that was certainly uplifting."
'I Don't Want to Be Friends With You Anymore'
Then, last October, just as Megan was planning a 14th birthday bash, Josh suddenly turned on her. "I signed her on and the first message was something like, 'You heard me, I said I don't want to be friends with you anymore because you're not nice to your friends.' Megan said something like 'Yes I am,' and this went back and forth," said Tina. ...Page2
Anike: I sympathize with this family. Know what your children, and even you, are doing online!! People are not always what they seem.
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Walahi,I'm wary of kids chating over the internet.Even adults sef,unless u don't forget to set ur antenna as per warning signals that all that glitters on the internet is not gold.Serial killers,rapists et al r out here in cyber world
People are wicked. Im just amazed that adults would want to hurt a child like that, dont they have work, instead of bettering their lives they decided to torment a small girl. It's sad that their is nothing in the law that can hold them responsible but God will deal with them.
The neighbors (or whomever it was that sent her the 'hateful' messages) are not responsible for her death. If the parents really want to know who was responsible for her death, then they should be looking in the mirror. First, they failed to instill self confidence in her as a child, and then they encouraged her to seek therapeutic relief on the internet with strangers. What were they really expecting the end result to be?
"I signed her on and the first message was something like, 'You heard me, I said I don't want to be friends with you anymore because you're not nice to your friends.' Megan said something like 'Yes I am,' and this went back and forth," said Tina.
What type of parents sign on their underage child onto some internet chat/dating site?