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15 yr old Girl Commits Suicide after being Bullied.

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This is a sad case of a 15 yr old girl in MA who committed suicide due to being bullied:


The Phoebe Prince Story has been making headlines in Massachusetts and nationwide since nine students have been charged with crimes leading up to the death of Phoebe Prince. Parents of South Hadley, MA are now putting pressure on school officials that knew about the bullying to step down.

Phoebe was just 15 years old and new to the South Hadley High School since her family’s relocation from Ireland. Being the new girl at school she caught the eye of a Sean Mulveyhill, a senior on the football team. The brief relationship between Sean and Phoebe caused jealousy among several girls in the school that began to torment and harass her daily.

Text message threats, harassment on Facebook and taunts on school grounds caused Phoebe’s parents to reach out to school officials. School officials are stating that they took the necessary steps to help Phoebe but were only made aware of the abuse a week prior to her suicide. January 14th marks the day that Phoebe ended her life after a day of harassment and physical abuse from her classmates. Nine students will be charged with harassment and assault that lead to Phoebe’s suicide.

This is such a sad case and it really makes me wonder what goes through the minds of these young people as they commit these horrible acts of cruelty. Are the parents to blame? Do you think this case will bring new legislation for cyber-bullying? Do you think the schools are doing enough to educate students about bullying?

Because I know someone is going to ask........here is the link for it.............

I am going to ask the same questions as the article did........

Are the parents to blame? I think if the school notified them and they didn't do anything to stop their children than they should also be held responsible..........but I am not sure the parents were ever notified.

Do you think this case will bring new legislation for cyber-bullying?
This isn't the only case we have heard of where people were cyber bullied..........the sad fact is our legislation has not been able to keep up with the technology.........hopefully all the cases of cyber bullying will bring new laws about a person's responsibility.

Do you think the schools are doing enough to educate students about bullying? No, I don't think they have ever done much for bullying thinking that "Kids will be Kids" but hopefully they will take a stand on this as they did with children bringing weapons into the schools.

I think there are a lot of people who share in the responsibility of this girls death..........first off the girl..........not to slander her but there are always other options other than suicide..........her parents should have raised hell with the school to do something about it until it was taken care of, the school takes responsibility, the girls doing the bullying, and the parents of the girls who did the bullying if they had been notified about it..............

Maybe if people are held more accountable for their actions in school they would become more accountable for their actions as an adult.........JMO

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Wordsofwit

Apr 1 @ 12:53PM  
Because I know someone is going to ask

It is always a good idea as there are people (not nearly as many now, thankfully) that post distorted disinformation that floated into their in box they were gullible enough to believe was true.
sugarnspice005

Apr 1 @ 1:49PM  
I've seen this story on the news recently. And it's so sad, a young life so full of promise gone.

Are the parents to blame? I think if the school notified them and they didn't do anything to stop their children than they should also be held responsible..........but I am not sure the parents were ever notified.

Sometimes parents are to blame because they will say, "that's not my kid doing that", or, "my child would never be that cruel", or, in some cases, they just don't take it serious. Case in point...my best friends first born, when he started school, he was targeted for bullying. Why? I don't know. Maybe because he was too outgoing and friendly? Kids jealous because he is the classic blue eyed blonde hair? All I know is he was excited to start school, make new friends, and start learning "big people words". By the end of the first week, it was all she could do to convince him to get on the bus. And he was only in kindergarten. She finally got it out of him what was going on, went up to the school to talk to both the principal and the teacher. Teacher said she didn't notice any trouble, but would watch. Sure enough, she was able to narrow it down to two boys, brothers, who were constantly picking on my friends son. Name calling, throwing things at him, encouraging other kids to do the same thing. Eventually, my friend told the principal she wanted a meeting with him and the boys parents. That went over real well...the mother of the two boys said, "boys will be boys, you can't baby him all his life". By the time my friends son got into the 3rd grade dealing with this..he hit a breaking point and grabbed on of his antagonizers by the throat and slammed him against the wall and threatened to kick his ass. And he's the one who got suspended. So...sometimes the parents know, and choose to do nothing.

Do you think this case will bring new legislation for cyber-bullying?

Probably. We will just have to wait and see.


Do you think the schools are doing enough to educate students about bullying? No, I don't think they have ever done much for bullying thinking that "Kids will be Kids" but hopefully they will take a stand on this as they did with children bringing weapons into the schools.

I totally agree with this.

Wordsofwit

Apr 1 @ 2:13PM  
There are many state laws already on the books about this. The case EweWish cites has been all over the national news but it is not a new issue. One of the biggest instances leading to a suicide was in Maryland quite a while back.
40DWM

Apr 1 @ 3:12PM  
Just My (Probably Wrong) Opinion on This.

I've seen parts of this story. I'm sure that nobody knows the whole truth.
As I understand, that several of the Teachers were aware of the torment, but
did nothing about it. As they were the Adults, I think they should be punished
to the full extent of the law. It IS part of their job, too help keep the peace.
Back when I was in school, it was not unusual for a few of the Teachers to 'lightly encourage'
bad behavior toward those they did not like. Either hold them responsible for what they
are supposed to 'police', or let the offended child's parents Whoop some ass.
As for the parents that say, "it's just kids, being kids", let the father of the deceased beat her to a pulp, then say "it's just OLD kids, being old."
And, YES< I think the parents of the bullies should see the inside of a courtroom,
and if their kid is 'guilty', then inside of a jail.

I know of a woman that was fined by these local courts, as some Hispanic
girls blamed her daughter to the Police.....in response, the daughter said,
"Don't believe them, they're Mexicans." (In retrospect, the Hispanic girls were probably telling a lie). Nonetheless, the mother of the girl had to pay a fine. Something about being racial....
That point being, parents are responsible for the actions of minor children.
Ewe_Wish

Apr 1 @ 3:16PM  
Its a catch 22 situation in many ways...........if you spank your child you can go to jail but if you don't discipline them (and many times a good old fashion spanking is the only thing some kids understand) if you don't discipline them you get in trouble...............BUT

in this situation I agree...........someone needs to be held accountable.......and I agree they should start with the teaching staff and move on to the children (bullies) and the parents of those children.
StraddleMyNose

Apr 1 @ 5:14PM  
Do you think the schools are doing enough to educate students about bullying?
What I think is schools should come down very hard on kids who do this to others. They need to nip this in the bud and not allow it. Teachers also need to be more involved in being more attentive enough to look for this kind of crap in schools. I feel a lot of it can be stopped. jmo
theSkwirl

Apr 2 @ 12:35PM  
Ok this will be an odd and rambly answer.. deal.

This is the thing with our have it all right now society. The information age is wonderful in some respects as we are instantly connected with everyone everywhere.

This is all great on a good day... when only our friends are able to contact us.

However, we've all been on the bad side of a bully at one time in our lives.. back then though, we could go home and get away from the bullying for a while.. and even then it led some kids to do drastic things to themselves. Now, however, one cannot escape the bullying really at all. If you are webbed you are a target no matter where you go. It's unfair, sure, but that's what it is.

yes, parents should be monitoring their child's behaviors and making certain that their children are behaving in a manner suitable for society. However, Parents no longer have any form of control over their children's behaviors. Just how it is.. and I won't stand on that soap box today.

My question here is.. where were the parents of the child who committed suicide? Why were they not involved enough in her life to back her up and help her out? I know sometimes kids don't tell.. but you can always find out what's going on if you spend enough time talking to them and asking them questions and being honest with them. if they had spent time with the girl enough to know what was happening in her life and to show their caring and love.. she'd probably still be alive.

Sigh... ok.. I don't have an answer.. Parents have a responsibility yes.. can they be held accountable for their child's actions? Yeah and they should.. might make them take more interest in what their child is doing.

The schools don't educate about much of anything anymore. It's all about extra curricular and sending homework home. Sorry, yeah that's an opinion.

borty293

Apr 2 @ 9:29PM  
If a child is bullied at home, chances are they will look for a vulnerable student to take it out on. Bullying is a learned behavior in most cases unless the bully is simply a psychopath without a conscience and there are plenty of those in cyberspace because they can cause harm anonymously..

It always amazes me how teachers and parents manage to turn a blind eye to bullying. Their pat answer is always ..kids will be kids, let them work it out amoungst themselves. In the meantime the victums have nowhere to turn and its not surprizing that suicide seems to be their only option.
PinkToeNails

Apr 2 @ 9:39PM  
My daughter was bullied at school horribly! She would be threatened some days that if she showed up at school the next day, 7 or 8 girls were going to jump her. I called the school and went to the school and raised hell often, over and over and over! Even requested meetings with the parents of the girls bullying her but to no avail. I finally pulled her out of school JUST to give her peace of mind and some sanity back to her!!! She got her GED directly!
But I told her for the longest times that these girls bullying her, she would see them in the grocery store one day with a bunch of kids in tow.... well that has come true more times than one! EVERY single one of those girls has now come forth to apologize to my daughter for their treatment of her and now they want to be her friend..... that shit falls on deaf ears with my daughter! She doesn't give a shit what any of them have to say now!
I'm just thankful she came through her high school years of despair and DIDN'T take her own life, because I have a feeling had I not pulled her out of school,, she could have been a victim of the intense bullying!

People just need to learn how to fucking act!!!!!!!!!! And their parents need to make sure they do act like decent people! It really ticks me off to hear stories like this but I do agree.... where were the parents of this tormented girl?? Why didn't they do something? Why didn't the school do something? Did this girl say something to anyone?? It's very tragic !

Good blog Dayna!

People! Please be aware of what your child might be going through, or what they might be inflicting upon other kids!!!!!
Lisa46

Apr 6 @ 4:48PM  
I seen it during my school years also. Which I believe is why I always try to be nice to the new person. I have always stood up for those I seen being treated wrong when I was young and still do today. Personally I think kids and parents should spend time in jail. If they don't want to listen fine throw their asses in jail I HATE mean people

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