"Megan, a 13-year-old who suffered from depression and attention deficit disorder,"
really, both, huh. I suppose it's not because she has crappy parents.
"corresponded with Josh for more than a month before he abruptly ended their friendship, telling her he had heard she was cruel.
The next day Megan committed suicide. Her family learned later that Josh never actually existed; he was created by members of a neighborhood family that included a former friend of Megan's."That's right, her friend and friend's mother are also a ..... and a crappy parent.
"Megan's parents had been storing a foosball table for the family that created the MySpace character. Six weeks after Megan's death, they learned the other family had created the profile and responded by destroying the foosball table, dumping it on the neighbors' driveway and encouraging them to move away.
Megan's parents are now separated and plan to divorce."Apparently they can't handle stress, a trait which they passed onto their daughter. They also, apparently, have another daughter. Now I don't have a position on the "staying together for the kids idea" although, like every other naive romantic, I plan on getting married permanently. But, really, can't you stay together for a couple years? Hasn't daughter number two been traumatized enough? Could she possibly need emotional stability after this? No, because they're crappy parents.
I, who hast not kids, am in no position of moral authority here. Aside from the foosball table incident, which I suppose is excusable under the circumstances, none of their actions in the article are unreasonable. They tried to monitor daughter number one's internet activities, spent quality time with her (supposedly), used appropriate training techniques.
At the end of the day it seems like she mimicked their erratic behavior, which is much more subtly referenced in the article.