Megan Meier, 13, described by her parents as a " bubbly, goofy" girl who enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, had been under the care of a psychiatrist since the third grade for attention deficit syndrome and self esteem issues, until her parents sent her to a new, Catholic school, Immaculate Conception, not far from their home in Dardenne Prairie, Mo. The school had a required uniform and rules against students wearing makeup and jewelry. By the time of her 14th birthday Megan seemed to have discovered a new world. She did well at school, had lost some weight, made new friends and even met a boy, "Josh Evans," online through her new MySpace account. Josh introduced himself via an email to her parents and, with their blessings, Megan continued her new friendship and soon became infatuated with him.
Her new-found happiness would not last, however, because "Josh" was really a fictitious character invented by her neighbor, and acquaintance's mother, Lori Drew. The Drews lived four doors down from the Meiers and were friends. Lori Drew had started the MySpace account for "Josh" purportedly because her daughter Sarah thought Megan had spread rumors that she was a lesbian. Drew, her assistant, Ashley Grill, and Sarah all used the account to try to monitor what Megan said about Sarah. When Megan didn't talk about Sarah, leading statements quickly turned abusive. When, on October 26, 2006, "Josh" accused Megan of trash talking about her friends and said that the world would be a better place without her, Megan was crushed. She hanged herself in her closet that day.
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