Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Throw the book at her

I can honestly say I've never felt like bullying anyone. It's just not in me. Maybe it's because I lean more toward low on the self esteem continuum than high. I always relate more to the bully-ee than the bully-er.

That said...what is it with Missouri and the cyberbullies?

This is seriously embarrassing. First we had Lori Drew. Drew is the Missouri woman who anonymously harrassed a poor teenage girl on the internet to the point that the thirteen-year-old finally committed suicide. Unfortunately Missouri didn't have an appropriate law to charge Drew with, so the feds came in and charged her with violating MySpace's terms of agreement and a federal conspiracy. She was charged in California because that's where MySpace is headquartered. Long story short, Drew got off with a hand slap and was found guilty of a couple of minor misdemeanors.

Fast forward to today. Now we have a second grown woman (again from the St. Louuis area) accused of cyberbullying a teenager. Prosecutors say 40-year-old Elizabeth Thrasher posted a 17-year-old's picture, e-mail address and cell phone number on Craig's List in a posting saying the girl was looking for a sexual encounter.

This time the woman is being charged under the cyberbullying law that took effect last August after the Megan Meier/Lori Drew case. Under the law a cyberbullying offense can be charged as a felony if a victim is 17 or younger and the suspect is 21 or older. Under the new law Thrasher is facing up to four years in state prison, or up to a year in county jail, and a $5,000 fine.

Man oh man. Some people are really sick.


shoeaddict said...

I don't understand bullying anyone either. BUT, the part I REALLY don't get is a grown woman bullying a child. I mean, really?

Anonymous said...

Now I heard that the reason she posted this 17 yr old's info was b/c her husband was fooling around with her and she did it for a prank! Cornbread had this on this morning along with wondering what is wrong with this world. This woman is looking @ time in prison, but the man/scum that choked a child in Fairview Heights this weekend got out of jail on a $10.00 bond! (supposedly he is a high judge's son!). This is all hearsay- but something has to give!