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When a Mother's Love Goes Too Far

What mom hasn't gone above and beyond for her child at some point? If the truth be told, some of us could be accused of doing too much for our children. But just like with everything else, you must draw the line when it comes to protecting or standing up for them.

What kind of love drove 49-year-old Lori Drew to pose as a 16-year-old boy on MySpace to harass a 13-year-old girl who had a falling out with her daughter? What message was this woman sending by conspiring with two others in creating and maintaining a MySpace profile for a non-existent 16-year-old boy named "Josh Evans" in the summer of 2006. This baby boomer "ought to know better" mother used the account to flirt with and befriend 13-year-old Megan Meier, who later committed suicide after being told by Drew/Josh told Meier the world would be a better place without her.

Sadly, there is no law on the books that can charge her with anything more than computer hacking for allegedly violating MySpace's terms of service with the intent of inflicting emotional distress.

So what do you think? Is Drew a sicko mom who is guilty of causing this young girl's death or is she just a mother whose over-protective nature got out of control? And how would you go about protecting your child from the likes of a Lori Drew or any other cyberspace bully?

Meanwhile, Drews guilt or innocence will be determined by a jury in a trial that began today.


Karen O'Bannon said…
I honestly don't know what to make of this one. I wouldn't call it over-protectiveness. That's for sure. Regardless of the motive, it was a mean spirited thing to do, and she should be ashamed.
Vicki M. Taylor said…
She can't be tried for murder or anything like that. But, she can get a harsh sentence. The maximum sentence she can receive is 20 years. I hope the jury realizes the severity of her actions/consequences and makes her pay for them the only way they can, with prison.

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