One of my first posts ever was about the "MySpace Mom" being indicted. Well, a year later, Lori Drew has been acquitted.

For those not familiar with the case, Lori Drew and her daughter Ashley Grills created a fake MySpace account and used it to bully 13-year-old Megan Meier. Megan ended up committing suicide, and although Drew was convicted of misdemeanor charges, she wasn't held responsible for Megan's suicide.

Drew has always said that she didn't know about the MySpace bullying her daughter was doing, and it's certainly possible that she didn't -- we all keep things from our parents when we're teens. It's just unfortunate that we'll never really know what happened and that there isn't really any justice* in this case. I guess something about the fact that this ended with a teen girl committing suicide is what really makes me wish something more would have come of this. But at least Ashley will be able to have her mother back in her life... Not sure whether or not that's a great thing (if she actually was involved in this), but I think we have to see the silver lining in this and hope for the best.

*I use the word "justice" here simply because I don't know what else to use. But, obviously, there is not really such a thing as justice in cases like these. Somebody is dead, and nothing can bring them back. And, of course, Drew not having to go to jail means Ashley can have a mother present in her life. Justice is a tricky, tricky thing, right?

2 comments:

At Fri Jul 03, 07:38:00 PM Renee said...

This case is a perfect example of the ways in which the law lags behind what is going on in the world. Really what she did was criminal. An adult should know better than to terrorize a child. Though she is back with her daughter one cannot help but wonder what kind of example that she is setting.

 
At Mon Jul 06, 09:28:00 AM frau sally benz said...

That's exactly how I feel Renee. Really, the more I think about it and try to excuse her behavior, I get more and more pessimistic about this situation.

 

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