Megan Taylor Meier committed suicide at age 13 following online encounters with someone she thought was a cute teenage boy named Josh, but who turned out to be the mother of one of Megan's friends who created the MySpace account. Witnesses testified that the woman intended to use Meier's e-mails with "Josh" to get information about her and later humiliate her, in retribution for her allegedly spreading gossip about Drew's daughter.
HR 1966 is a bill aimed at preventing future abuse of children or any person through harmful messages on the internet.
This bill was introduced April 2009 and is now in committee. It is in the first step in the legislative process. Introduced bills and resolutions first go to committees that deliberate, investigate, and revise them before they go to general debate. The majority of bills and resolutions never make it out of committee.
Contact your legislators, senators and representatives asking them to support this bill! http://www.change.org/petitions/view/support_the_megan_meier_cyberbullying_prevention_act_hr_1966
This post was modified from its original form on 02 Oct, 10:25
Signed...thank you! The broad language of this act may have to be refined, but I hope cyberbullying will be nationally recognized as a form of harassment which can then be stopped, and prosecuted, through legal means. I think a lot of cyber bullies will never stop harassing others unless they know they could get into serious trouble for it.