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 oday marks the seventh anniversary of the death of 13-year-old Megan Meier, a St. Charles County girl who killed herself after being the victim of online bullying.

This month, cyberbullying is again in the news for a tragic reason. A 12-year-old girl from Florida, Rebecca Sedwick, committed suicide in response to cruel messages she received on her phone.

"What breaks my heart, is not only just what that child [Rebecca Sedwick] was going through...but now also her family...and the entire ripple effect," said Tina Meier, mother of Megan.

Mo. court strikes down part of 2008 harassment law

May 29, 2012
Missouri Supreme Court building
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The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down part of a state harassment law enacted after the suicide of a St. Charles County teenager who was teased over the Internet.

The high court on Tuesday invalidated a 2008 state law defining harassment to cover anyone who "knowingly makes repeated unwanted communication to another person."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 26, 2008 - The mixed verdict in the Lori Drew cyberbullying trial in Los Angeles won't be thelast judgment on the controversial prosecution of the St. Charles County woman for her involvement in sending MySpace messages that mayhave led to the 2006 suicide of 13-year-old Megan Meier of Dardenne Prairie.