ST. LOUIS (AP) - Tina Meier has told the story of her 13-year-old daughter Megan's 2006 suicide to teachers, TV talk show hosts and parents across the country. Now she's helping to train local police officers on the unflinching, often brutal world of electronic harassment.
More than 70 officers from two dozen law enforcement agencies in Missouri and Illinois gathered Wednesday for a daylong cyberbullying workshop led by Maier. Her daughter killed herself after an Internet hoax led by an adult woman who lived four houses away from the Meier family in St. Charles County.
All but a handful of states now have laws covering either cyberbullying or electronic harassment. But Meier said prosecutors and judges remain reluctant to forcefully apply those statutes.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Representatives from more than two dozen law enforcement agencies from Missouri and Illinois will gather in St. Louis next week for a workshop on cyberbullying.
The organization Child Safety Day is hosting the workshop on Wednesday. It will be led by Tina Meier, whose 13-year-old daughter, Megan, committed suicide in 2006 after being the victim of cyberbullying.
Organizers say the workshop will include police officers conducting a mock re-investigation of the Megan Meier case using current state laws instituted after Megan's death.
Organizers of the workshop say bullying on the Internet can play a role not only in suicides but in school shootings and other tragedies.