A Sinister Case of Cyber-bullyingMay 16th, 2008 by josh farley
This just in from Los Angeles: a Missouri woman has been indicted on charges that she cyber-bullied a teen to the point she committed suicide, the Los Angeles Times reports today.
The woman, Lori Drew, 49, is accused by federal prosecutors of creating a fake MySpace profile, then leading a 13-year-old girl into a relationship. Their conversations became increasingly “sexual,” the Times reported, until one day when the 49-year-old reportedly turned on the young girl, cut off all ties with her, and also announced: “the world would be a better place without her.”
The charges are the first of their kind in the nation, U.S. Attorney Thomas O’Brien told the Times.
Cyber-bullying is a topic Kitsap Sun readers may recall. We once told the story of a Central Kitsap teen who’d become scared to go to school because of electronic bullying. And just a couple of years ago the north end of the county was rocked by tragic suicides of two boys, reportedly motivated by bullying that had happened at school and online.