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"I heard this god-awful scream. I ran upstairs into Megan's room, and she was hanging in her closet. I grabbed Megan in one arm. She had a belt around her neck, and it was really tight. I couldn't get it off, so I grabbed Megan and picked her up with one arm, and I grabbed the whole closet organizer with the other arm and ripped it all out of the wall to get her down. Tina called 911," Ron recounts.
"It's just the most horrible feeling that I've ever felt in my entire life," Tina adds.
About six weeks after Megan died, the Meier's received a devastating phone call from a neighbor. "She told us that she had information that [another] neighbor, Lori Drew, was responsible for creating this fake MySpace account. Megan had known her daughter since the fourth grade. They'd spend the night at each other's house," Tina reveals. "Lori Drew and her daughter, they created this MySpace account as a joke. They wanted to find out what Megan was saying about their daughter. Lori Drew confessed in the police report that that's why she created this 'Josh Evans' account."
"We were connected with the FBI. Through the investigation, we found out, later in the spring of 2007, that there just was not a law that they could fit it in to. It is cyber bullying to the 10th degree," Tina insists. She doesn't want her daughter's death to be in vain. "The fight to me now is to fight for justice, for the laws to change. This is not just things that you see on TV. Megan was a real person, a real girl with real dreams."
"I can't make it right. I can't bring her back, no matter what I do," Tina agrees. "The only thing that we can do from this is to try to change the laws and to try to get the word out to children and to parents."
Tina explains how Megan became susceptible to the cyber hoax. "Megan had a horrible seventh grade year. She was in public school from elementary all the way up to seventh grade. And seventh grade was just horrible. She had been bullied. It was about her weight," she reveals.
"When she was on the Internet talking to this â€˜person,' tell me about the bullying online, and how did you find out about it," Dr. Phil prompts.
"She started talking to the boy and for about four or five weeks, things were fine. He told her she had beautiful eyes, asked her how her day at school went," Tina shares.
"On the other end, we found out five weeks after Megan passed away, was a neighbor down the street " a mother " an 18-year-old employee of hers, and her 13-year-old daughter," Tina says.
"Pretending to be a boy to attract her into adding [him as a friend on MySpace]," Dr. Phil muses. "And then it turned ugly."
"First of all, we have a police report that Lori Drew gave the police officer on November 25, 2006," Tina explains. "That was a police officer that she contacted. She called him to the house and gave the statement."
Dr. Phil reads a portion of the statement Lori Drew gave the police officer. "'Drew said she, with the help of temporary employee named â€˜Ashley,' constructed a profile of a good-looking male on MySpace in order to find out what Megan was saying online about her daughter. Drew explained the communication between the fake male and Megan was aimed at gaining Megan's confidence and finding out what Megan felt about her daughter and other people. Drew stated she, her daughter, and Ashley all typed, read and monitored the communication between the fake male profile and Megan.' She seems to say " at least as reported in this police report, and we have the actual document " that she was involved, but she now has a statement saying she didn't create [the fake MySpace profile], and she didn't participate in it."
"How many people on death row do the same thing?" Lori asks wryly. "People can change things all the time. I could do the same thing."