Monday, 22 August 2011

Melissa Lafleur

Melissa was young, vibrant and full of life. Tragically on April, 29, 2011, she was killed from injuries she sustained in a car wreck.

My name is Matt. I was Melissa's partner. I am now the legal guardian for her young daughter.

This blog was developed to continue what Melissa started. Melissa was shedding the light on the people who bullied, tormented and harassed her for months before her death. These people are Erin Button (aka Erin MostEvil and Jennifer Juniper) and Charlie Vogel (aka Bartoc, Madd Hatter and Matt Hadder). Links to their Facebook profiles are at the bottom this letter.

My girl spent the last few months of her life an emotional wreck because of these bullies. She wasn’t able to enjoy the end of her pregnancy, she went into labour almost 8 weeks early in part because of the stress her bullies put her under. Her daughter spent 10 days in NICU after she was born. When they both came home, Melissa wasn’t fully able to enjoy her baby daughter because the bullies wouldn’t leave her alone.

These are Melissa's status messages on Facebook from the day she died:

Melissa had some friends who stood beside her after she shared what was happening to her by writing a note explaining all she was being put through and divulging personal information to a group of relative strangers. Others turned their back on her.

Even after her death, it didn’t stop. One of Melissa's bullies made an appearance at a memorial celebration that Melissa's Facebook friends arranged in Castle Age.

Since I started gathering this information, I found out that Erin Button is not Erin's real name. Her married name is Erin Hewson and her maiden name is Erin Klammer. Jennifer Juniper is another Facebook account of Erin's that I discovered recently.

I ask you to read Melissa’s words about what she was put through, the details that I have been able to gather on what transpired and make your own decisions about these bullies.

I will be posting any updates on the situation or any new information that I discover on "The Updates" page.

Melissa is gone, but that does not mean that we should let these bullies move on to another victim. Show your support for Melissa and get the word out. Share this blog on Facebook, Twitter or one of the other options with the buttons in the top right of the blog. Say no to bullying and don’t let these people get away with what they have done.

Thank you,

PS: Thank you Roxy for helping me get this going. I wouldn’t have known what to do without your help.


Here are the Facebook profile links for the accounts that Melissa knew of for both of her bullies:
Erin Button:
Erin MostEvil:
Jennifer Juniper:
Charlie Vogel:
Madd Hadder:
Matt Hadder:

Report them to Facebook, report them to Castle Age and report them to Dawn of the Dragons. If you are in groups with them, talk to the admins and tell them what these people have done. Stand up and say no to bullying, stand up and protect the next person from having this done to them. Stand up and protect yourself!

Why am I doing this now?

You can see that the original idea for this blog started back in May, the month after Melissa died. Roxy and I both felt that we needed to continue what Melissa had started by bringing light to the bullying she was facing.

Why did I wait so long to do this and why now?

When Erin and Charlie started coming after me and threatening the group and people that I had friended in the Dawn of the Dragons game and in Castle Age, it brought everything back to the surface of what my girl had been put through. Them coming after me gave me the strength I needed to deal with all of this. Cause I tell you, reading all of this, being reminded of the hurt and pain that I saw in my girl's eyes everyday, memories of having to listen to her cry herself to sleep at night and not being able to comfort her was not an experience I wanted to remember.

They are why I did this now. Help stop them from doing it to someone else. Share this blog with your friends and get the word out.

Stop Bullying Now. Stand Up. Speak Out.