You may’ve heard about this, but the details are beyond shocking.
If this deeply malicious behavior toward a minor by a 47 year-old is not in fact a crime, then it should be criminalized.
That an adult would plot such a cruel hoax against a 13-year-old girl has drawn outraged phone calls, e-mail messages and blog posts from around the world. Many people expressed anger because St. Charles County officials did not charge Ms. Drew with a crime.
But a St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, Lt. Craig McGuire, said that what Ms. Drew did “might’ve been rude, it might’ve been immature, but it wasn’t illegal.”
St. Charles County’s prosecuting attorney, Jack Banas, said he was reviewing the case to determine whether anyone could be charged with a crime.
Is there at least an actionable civil tort here? Wrongful death? The minor’s suicide complicates that. Intentional infliction of emotional distress? Surely.
I feel so bad for the mother and father. I feel almost equally bad for the daughter and husband of the woman who conducted the hoax. Their quality of life and emotional well-being will be forever changed for the worse by the consequences of this woman’s immature, inhuman cruelty.