Monday, September 26, 2011
Support the Megan Meier Cyber-Bullying Prevention Act
There's a campaign that I fully support that is in need of signatures [at present just 22]
The creators of the Support the Megan Meier Cyber-Bullying Prevention Act Petition write:
Urge the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and President Obama to pass the Megan Meier Cyber-Bullying Prevention Act (H.R.1966)
The Megan Meier Cyber-Bullying Prevention Act (H.R.1966) would impose criminal penalties on anyone who transmits in interstate or foreign commerce a communication intended to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to another person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior.
Megan Meier was 13 years old when someone named Josh Evans contacted her through her MySpace account. The boy was supposedly 16 years old and expressed interest in Megan, though over the course of five weeks the online relationship took a dark turn. "Josh"--who was actually the mother of a girl Megan went to school with--sent messages to hundreds of other kids, calling Megan vicious names. On October 16, 2006, Megan hung herself in her bedroom closet and was pronounced dead the next day.
Regular readers of this blog will know that the bereaved parents, whom I have interviewed in the past, have also been targeted by a cyber bully. It's time for a change in the law so cretinous individuals take responsibility for their actions.
Support the petition HERE please folks.