Mother Wants Maximum Penalty in Cyberbullying Case
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The mother of a girl who committed suicide at age 13 after being subjected to an Internet hoax said Friday that she would ask that the maximum penalty be assigned to the woman convicted in the cyberbullying case.
The defendant, Lori Drew, 49, of O’Fallon, Mo., was convicted Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles on misdemeanor charges of accessing computers without authorization. Her lawyer later said he hoped a judge would dismiss the charges against her.
Tina Meier, the mother of Megan Meier, the girl who committed suicide, said she would ask that Ms. Drew be held to the maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $300,000 fine.
Ms. Meier said she was grateful that federal prosecutors in California filed charges after Missouri officials did not. MySpace, a networking service through which messages in the case were sent, is based in Los Angeles.
Ms. Meier is working with a group to tell Megan’s story in an effort to protect other children from cyberbullying.