So, Lori Drew has come out as the mom who built a fake MySpace site that played a part in the suicide of a teenage girl, Megan Meiers. On her blog, incredibly named “Megan Had It Coming”, she defends her actions.
Basically, she felt like Megan was a threat to her daughter, so she put up the fake MySpace page and enticed Megan to it, by flirting with her as though she were a boy who liked Megan. This was to get Megan to tell her if she was planning to do anything to hurt Lori’s daughter. Then, she used the page to teach Megan a lesson by turning this boy against her. Megan, who Lori knew was mentally unstable, then hung herself.
- I understand the desire to protect your child.
- I applaud the fact that you approached Megan’s parents first.
- I think a red light should have gone off in your head as soon as you started a fake MySpace page.
For me, it simply comes down to a question of, do you use the devil’s own tactics to fight against him. Answer, no! You don’t stoop to the level of a kid to solve a problem like this. If her parents weren’t responsive, simply tell your daughter to ignore her. Here’s the quote from Lori that really gets at the heart of her problem:
“I wanted to hide my daughter away from all of this, and delete her MySpace, but she begged and pleaded with me to let her stay. I know it’s MySpace and it’s a social hub for teens today and I didn’t want my daughter to be the only one without, so I relented.” (emphasis added)
So, Lori, you felt like the best decision was to delete the page, but because your daughter didn’t want to be “the only one without”, you let her keep it? I know hindsight is 20/20 and all, but I find that astounding.
Who’s the parent here?