What sort of a world do we live in when a 13 y.o. girl actually knows how to commit suicide? The family who did this to her were complete sadists to do this to a young girl (and she was a young girl, not a teenager). If they suggested the means by which she could kill herself, then they are murderers and should be tried as such.
Her own parents should get a look over as well, for not monitoring what she was doing online.
Killing yourself isn’t exactly rocket science now is it?
And it’s not murder unless you end someone’s life with the mens rea of a wicked and malicious intent to do so.
Well, the definition of murder varies from place to place.. Over here in the states we’ve got ‘degrees’ of Murder, which varies from state to state. There’s your basic ‘premeditated’ murder, which basically means someone went out with the intent of killing someone (First Degree). Then there’s killing someone as the result of another violent felony, or in a particularly heinous manner (First Degree with Special Circumstances). Then there’s the ‘catch all’ for ‘other murders’, Second Degree, which is usually reserved for things that are a little too violent for simple ‘homocide’. Bar brawls, domestic violence, forcing someone to read WayToGo’s posts…
That’s always the problem with legal arguments online: Your penal code is not the same as their penal code. Not to sound callous, but they haven’t done anything *legally* wrong.. Morally and ethically wrong, yes. But there are no laws that say that they could not do what they did. Now, if they had carefully structured things with the *intent* that she kill herself, and convinced her to do so, then ther emight be something. As it stands, the best that can be hoped for is a civil suit.
Of course, that doesn’t stop folks from impassioned screaming about how a sweet young girl was ‘murdered’, etc. It’s basic emotional drama, but then that’s what one expects from MySpace…