The Smoking Gun has finally unearthed the Megan Meier police report, which is to say, it unearthed the police report filed by one Lori Drew, in response to the "hostility" and "tension" she felt in her suburban St. Louis community after Meier, her 13-year neighbor, hung herself in the closet in despair over having lost the affections of a 16-year-old suitor on MySpace and everyone found out that the 16-year old was actually an elaborate hoax cooked up by Lori Drew to fuck with her. The record states: "Drew wished the current tension in the neighborhood be documented in case any of her property is damaged." Even though it's a police report, you can tell from the way it's worded that reporting officer Edwin Lutz is thinking, "Lady, you have got to be smoking something to come complaining to me."
Drew felt this incident contributed to Megan's suicide, but she did not feel "as guilty" because at the funeral she found out "Megan had tried to commit suicide before." Drew explained the neighborhood has recently found out her involvement in Megan's suicide and her neighbors have become hostile toward her and her family. Despite the recency of the suicide and several neighbors recommending she not confront the Meier family (especially on Thanksgiving), Meier stated she and her husband attempted to contact the Meier family three times, "banging on the door" although Mr. Meier had already told them to leave. Drew wished the current tension in the neighborhood be documented in case any of her property is damaged. Further, Drew insisted on contacting the Meier family to "inform them of what she knows." Drew stated she "just needed" to tell them to relieve herself of the "responsibility" and apparent guilt.
Okay, a few things. One, there are some screws loose here. The "empathy" screw, indeed, and definitely also the "forseeing the consequences of my actions" screw, and miscellaneous others. It's really difficult to reconcile the story with the intentions and impulses of a rational person, and there's a lesson in here for the kids, too; if a person bullies or alienates or torments you, it's 99% guaranteed he doesn't have a good reason. The best reason he could probably think up is peer pressure to conform, and that's worse than sheer craziness, which seems to be what we're dealing with here.
And since that's what we're dealing with there really is probably no satisfaction to be had, which is why I hope you "Burn in Hell" advocates out there have cooled down and seen the case for what it is: a reminder to treat people in the way that makes them want to treat others better. I'm not sure how you do that with Lori Drew, but I can think of a few methods that are probably not productive.
Megan Meier Police Report [The Smoking Gun]