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Open Thread: The Miserable Case of Megan Meier

Some stories just take the words right of your mouth. The shame of what happened to Megan Meier, the Missouri girl who hanged herself just weeks before her 14th birthday — and the spectacle of what happened after — would seem to point to the very worst of human behavior.

Last year, Megan had a falling out with a neighbor girl. The girl's parents created a fake suitor on MySpace, and had him cozy up to Megan for about six weeks before turning on her, calling her fat and a slut and telling her the world would be a better place without her.

Megan killed herself. And the neighbor girl's parents are under siege now that bloggers have outed them as the perpetrators of the fatal hoax. There appears to be precious little in the way of legal repercussions, but wow, the moral weight.

Listeners, this one's yours. Say something, because I'm not sure I can.