Originally Posted by stargate125645
You assume they were fully aware of the effects such actions would have on her, and fully aware of her condition. Kids and teenagers can be evil, but they often don't know what they are doing. Unless it can be proven that they did, they shouldn't be charged with something so severe - if charged with anything at all. The parent involved, however, I could see getting charged with severer penalties, but again only if it can be proven that she was fully aware of the consequences her actions would have.
This is the parents looking for someone to blame because they wish they could have done something different in hindsight and don't want to blame themselves. Should the kids get into trouble? Sure, but don't go overboard with the felony murder charges (the adult withstanding)... Karma will come around eventually. It always does.
OK, so let me ask you this, if this was a man having a fake online relationship with this girl.. would they give him the same sentence? No I bet they'd charge him with sexual harassment and label him as a pedophile even if he was just pulling a prank like this mother was. This is still a adult having a relationship with a younger teenager, fake or not, its unacceptable. She made the girl believe she was real and the girl believe she was having a relationship with someone, which was actually a adult.
Maybe charged for murder is to much, but she should atleast be put on the sexual offenders list. A adult should never put themselves in a situtation like this mother did, she does not have something right in her head.
Originally Posted by ryboto
Yea, true, but you can't blame the supporter for the actions of the depressed. Maybe I could understand negligence if it were a doctor who had been treating a depressed patient and didn't diagnose the symptoms until it was too late, but to be the sole motivation for someone's suicide by merely chatting online with them? C'mon!
It wasn't merely chatting, she was saying she was a young boy and having a fake relationship. This is totally wrong for a adult no matter how you look at it, even if it is a prank.Edited by Murlocke - 5/16/08 at 6:50am