Being A Total Jerk Online Still Isn't Criminal
from the and-so-it-goes dept
Last week, we wrote about the unfortunate situation of the girl in Missouri who committed suicide after some others who knew her created a fake MySpace profile of a boy who befriended her and then turned on her and told her she was mean and he didn't want to be friends with her. As we noted, there was a push to find or make new laws to punish those who had participated, but in the end, prosecutors are noting that no criminal charges will be filed because no actual laws were broken. Yes, it's a tragic situation, but it is not against the law to be a jerk. Of course, those who participated still have to deal with the consequences of what they did -- including attacks from a virtual posse. In the end, this is the right thing. What happened was awful, but you can't bring criminal charges against people for just being mean, otherwise the courts (and jails) would be even more ridiculously overburdened than they already are.