Will Online Harassment Law Be Used Against Those Harassing Lori Drew?

from the irony-alert dept

The story of the Missouri girl who committed suicide after being insulted by a fake child created by some neighbors keeps getting odder. As you may recall, the police decided (reasonably) that Lori Drew, the woman who participated in setting up and using the fake profile, was found not to have committed a crime. However, the town where they live recently passed a new law against online harassment, which seemed like a kneejerk reaction more than anything else. Still, the law was clearly directed at actions like those of Drew, Drew's daughter and another friend. However, in something of a twist, it now appears that this new law may actually be used against the hordes of folks now attacking Drew and her family online. Remember that a bunch of online vigilantes have taken it upon themselves to harass Drew for her participation in the hoax that resulted in the suicide -- even setting up a fake blog supposedly written by Drew trying to justify the actions. Drew insists she has nothing to do with the blog and it's part of the harassment campaign against her. While it does seem somewhat ironic that a law that was put in place basically because of Drew's actions may now be used to protect her, the lengths that these vigilantes are going to shows yet another example of just how far online mobs can go when they decide they want justice.

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    Grady, 10 Dec 2007 @ 11:49pm

    Honestly people.

    This has been blown way out of proportion. It was a case of online bullying. Granted, it came from an adult, but none-the-less a bully. What Drew did was wrong, but no worse than what these people are doing to her. It is sad that the girl took her life because she was "dumped" by a fictional boy, but it wasn't Drew who made the decision, it was Megan. If anything, the blame should be placed on Megan's parents. Who would let their child become that unstable?

    Think this through. Was what Drew did any worse that what the kids do on the playground during recess? Should we start getting mobs together and attacking high school bullies? Or how about the jerk at the bar?

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