Another woman has been charged with cyberbullying a teen girl. What’s up with vicious middle-aged women?
First, there was the sickening case of Lori Drew (50) whose vicious attack on Megan Meiers tragically led to Megan’s death. Drew’s abhorrent behavior continues to make headline news as it winds its way through courts three years after the event.
Now we have a new case where 40-year-old Elizabeth Thrasher of Missouri is accused of expressing her bile by creating a Craigslist “Casual Encounters” ad for a sexual encounter purporting to be the 17-year-old daughter of her ex-husbands girlfriend. Apparently, Thrasher and the mother of the 17-year-old had been arguing, and then all three had heated exchanges on MySpace according to St. Charles County Prosecutor Jack Banas.
The “Casual Encounters” section on Craigslist warns visitors that the pages may include adult content. Police said Thrasher is accused of posting the young woman’s photo, e-mail address and cell phone number, as well as where she works. The young woman learned of the posting when she received calls, e-mails, text messages and pornographic photos on her cell phone.
Thrasher won’t be as ‘fortunate’ as Drew, who largely fell between prosecutorial cracks, because after the Megan Meiers tragedy, Missouri passed a cyberbullying law making it a felony to cyberbully when the victim is under 18 and the abuser is over 21.
As this case winds it’s way through the legal system, we need to continue the public debate about civility online – as these women highlight, deplorable Internet behavior is not just a teen issue.