St. Charles County Prosecutor Jack Banas has announced there will be no criminal charges filed in what has become known as the MySpace suicide case.
13-year-old Megan Meier of Dardenne Prairie hanged herself, last year, over an Internet hoax. The teenager’s parents say the suicide resulted from what they call harassment from neighbors who created a teenage boy who pretended to be interested in Megan before he turned on her.
Tina Meier, the mother of young Megan, understands the prosecutor’s decision not to file criminal charges. She realizes statutes regarding this particular aspect of the Internet did not exist at the time her daughter died. Two St. Louis area communities – Dardenne Prairie and Florissant – recently passed ordinances making Internet harassment a crime.