Megan Meier Blog: A Hoax
A few days ago, I blogged about a blog called “Megan Had It Coming” when a blogger in the name of Lori Drew (the mother who was involved in the case) attempted to explain her side of the story. I wrote in my post that the blog might very well be a hoax, and it indeed was. From CNN:
Police are investigating Internet postings of someone posing as the woman linked to an online hoax played on a 13-year-old girl who committed suicide. . . .
Lori Drew’s attorney said Friday that she is not the writer.
The St. Charles County sheriff’s department is investigating the blog postings on Blogger.com to see whether a crime has been committed, a spokesman said.
“Any Internet message that purports to be a member of the Drew family is being managed by an impostor and undoubtedly is being done for the purpose of further damaging the Drews’ reputation,” the family said in a statement. . . .
Lori Drew’s lawyer, Jim Briscoe, said Google Inc., which owns Blogger.com, has been contacted. A Google spokesman said the company is reviewing the impersonation allegation. . . .
Since then, the Drews have been besieged with negative publicity, and Meier’s death prompted her hometown of Dardenne Prairie to adopt a law engaging in Internet harassment a misdemeanor.
Now, elected officials say the law’s first use could be to prevent possible harassment against the Drews.
“I would say that would be a possibility, that they could be the first,” Mayor Pam Fogarty said Friday. “A law is a law is a law. You can’t discriminate.” . . . .
St. Charles County Prosecutor Jack Banas said he heard about the postings through the news media and asked the sheriff’s department to investigate.
Banas said he had no idea if someone might be charged under the Dardenne Prairie measure. He explained any charges he brings are under state law, not under local ordinances.