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What Really Happened to Phoebe Prince?


Society & Culture  (tags: children, abuse, death, education, ethics, humans, internet, media, news, society, sadnesssouth hadley schools, students, bullying, suicide )

Taina
- 1521 days ago - slate.com
The Untold Story of Her Suicide and the Role of the Kids Who Have Been Criminally Charged for it.One week last October, Bill Evans, the assistant principal of South Hadley High School in Massachusetts, chose two students to read public service ..........



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Andrea Dorazio (56)
Wednesday July 21, 2010, 3:40 pm
incredible story, very sad no matter the cause of her suicide.
 

virginia l. (69)
Wednesday July 21, 2010, 3:46 pm
NOTED, MIMI , SO SAD...
 

Annie Cowling (117)
Wednesday July 21, 2010, 4:46 pm
Truly sad, even sadder when life is is cut short due to cruelty from so called human beings. Thank-you dearest friend for posting,and keeping us up to date on this.
 

taina pride (69)
Wednesday July 21, 2010, 5:03 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Annie because you have done so within the last week..i will Annie..the students that are acused of phoebe prince death.. are going to pre-trial on september...i will keep you all updated on that...but the sad thing is that now the lawyers of those student are trying to use this about phoebe prince having mental problems before against her and to their favor..but i think at the end is not what she did before is what happened here at this school since she put feet in there and the horrendous ordeal she went thru...in my opinion..she will win and can rest in peace..poor soul even after her death they dont leave her alone...what kind of respects thety have for her poor soul and specially her family...we will see in the future...thank you all for noting n comenting
 

liz c. (846)
Wednesday July 21, 2010, 5:30 pm
Thank you Mimi--I have been reading about her story lately on the Net. Thank you so much for reminding us all what hate does to people.....
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Thursday July 22, 2010, 5:14 am
A complex bunch of factors adding up here; bullying at school, cyberbullying, Phoebe's past attempted suicide, being on Seroquel (this drug can CAUSE suicidal thoughts, see http://www.adrugrecall.com/seroquel/suicide.html), all add up to a potentially deadly cocktail mix for a teenager stuggling with emotions and hormones and peer pressure, and the habit of some teens and adults to seek out and pick on any perceived weakness in those around them, then there's the usual nasty vices like jealousy, revenge, spite, etc.
Teens have to be real strong and have strong role models like their parents which Phoebe evidently didn't have...

 

Bette M. (91)
Friday July 23, 2010, 1:33 am
What these kids did to her only compounded what was already there, the missing of her father. Even so the maliciousness went way beyond the norm & drove Phoebe to do what she did. I'm sure had not all this treatment happened she would be alive today.

Plant & protect trees for life.................
 

Liz Recko (0)
Friday July 23, 2010, 2:46 am
Ms. Prince's prior psychiatric history should remain a private matter. While it is admissible as evidence at trial (sadly), to my way of thinking it does not excuse nor mitigate what occurred. Bullying is wrong, no matter what they victime did or didn't do, no matter what disability existed or didn't. Quite frankly, Pheobe's psych. history should have remained as private as possible. I disagree with comments regarding Pheobe's parents not being strong role models. You can't explain away what happened as simply as that.
 

Jane J. (6)
Friday July 23, 2010, 3:11 am
That was really sad to read. It's hard to understand how people can act like that, especially at 17 years old. I had grown up a fair bit by then and would never have even thought of behaving that way. The people who deserve to be punished should be punished severely. As for Phoebe, she was such a pretty young girl and didn't deserve to die that way. She was smart, just not smart enough to know that the hatred wouldn't last. That is a message that people like her need to be told. It may be bad, but it won't always be.

"It'll be alright in the end, if it's not alright then it's not the end."
 

Richard S. (29)
Friday July 23, 2010, 5:03 am
The first national case was Megan Meier(,she committed suicide too), who was bullied by a former friends mother, Lori Drew and an 18 yr. old employee of Drews'. Unfortunately, nothing could be done legally, even though an enterprising DA tried to prosecute Lori Drew in LA (home of Facebook). In this case societal justice took hold and the Drew family were completely ostracized by the community, basically lost everything, and had to leave town. The Meier case started the ball rolling for the cyber-bullying laws that are now on the books.
 

Bette M. (91)
Friday July 23, 2010, 5:57 am
Richard.....The Meir case was disgusting!!

The mother must have had the mind of a 12 year old!!!!!!!
Some parents are just plain evil & should not have kids!!

Plant & protect trees for life.................
 

taina pride (69)
Friday July 23, 2010, 1:10 pm
I know that phoebes parents tried their best to protect her daughter the most the could.now that they lost her ,they have tro protect her youngest daughter too.....but when the schools dont do nothing about it and let things go to this extreme they must have felt like there was not solution..i had talk with a couples of people in the town of S.H. about phoebe and her parents and all i heard was they were and are the best parents ever...it just sometimes things go soo out of hands...they went thru a lot of ordeal with her and tried to save her for not doing the things she was doing to herself..thay are grieving now and mourning her death and in top of that and after her death people still critizicing them for not being good parents? I dont think so.They should start by firing that arrogant ,good for nothing superintendent that all he cares is about his reputation..well..as for me his reputation is a piece of crap..i have no respect at all for him a none of the students and people involved in her death...they should all be hold accountable for theri actions and pay the consequences...and those pretty boys and girls that think money can but anyhting...they are wrong..and i hope all end up in jail and serve time for what they did to poor Phoebe...will keep you post it of the outcomes in September pre-trials...Thank you all for your sincere aND HONEST COMMENTS..a ZILLION GREEN STAR to all of you and the one that noted too..Thank you
 

Pete Conrads (91)
Friday July 23, 2010, 2:38 pm
May this beautiful child finally find the peace that illuded her here, in this lifetime. Namaste young Phoebe... you are free, you are innocent in believing that fairy tales come true.

As for the adults; They knew and did nothing - no hero stood up for this girl. It is the adults who knew and did nothing who bare looking at. They are not fit to teach let alone be around children.


Taina thank you for posting this tragic tale, rarely does a story catch my heart. I followed the story and could not believe that she was the culprit in these tales, it was as if hob goblins texting hate messages even after news of her demise and adults covering their tracks......
 

Pete Conrads (91)
Friday July 23, 2010, 2:43 pm
and for her young sister, what is there to say?
 

Past Member (0)
Friday July 23, 2010, 2:56 pm
So sad at the loss of this young life in such desperate and lonely manner.
We all need to take note when people are suffering. Physical pain is more readily seen. Emotional pain is less easily detected. Whichever, when someone is standing on the edge of a precipice, we have to be aware enough not to push.
I hope that Phoebe is at peace.
 

J. Massetti (11)
Friday July 23, 2010, 8:32 pm
NOTHING CAN BRING BACK THIS INNOCENT ANGEL...HER BULLIES HAVE TO FACE THE MUSIC AND PAY THEIR JUST DUES IN JAIL....TO HER PARENT'S I WISH TO EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES AND TO TRY TO REMEMBER THE LAUGHING CHILD YOU ONCE KNEW-IS AT PEACE AND LAUGHING WITH THE ANGELS WAITING FOR THE DAY WHEN YOU WILL ALL BE TOGETHER AGAIN.............RIP SWEET PHOEBE
 

Veronica M. (33)
Saturday July 24, 2010, 12:23 am
Noted. Very sad post.
 

Natasha Hickey (5)
Monday July 26, 2010, 1:32 pm
hmm... i dont really think the kids involved should be punished THAT severely.. i mean jesus.. but yes, its sad.
 

Muhammad H. (0)
Friday October 8, 2010, 3:38 am
Suicide is just not simply a sloution of every problem. Its a sin. Such bullies r faced by every individual at tht age, though it was an extreme one n should be bring in notice by the School administration n should be solved. This is wot we hd gone through n this is wot we should think abt our kids would go through. Good Teachings makes a big difference.
 

Muhammad H. (0)
Friday October 8, 2010, 3:47 am
Suicide is just not simply a sloution of every problem. Its a sin. Such bullies r faced by every individual at tht age, though it was an extreme one n should be bring in notice by the School administration n should be solved. This is wot we hd gone through n this is wot we should think abt our kids would go through. Good Teachings makes a big difference.
 

Jenn B. (0)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 1:43 pm
no one deserves to be treated that way. The people who do things like this need to think how they will ultamatly take this. Back in january people are still to this day making fun of me but in january i tried to commite suicide i took a whole bunch of pills constantly being herassed for being gay called a whore a slut and so many other names and there was no one there to tell me they are wrong, that everything would be okay! Phoebe Prince's story was painful to read and oh so very tradgic and i want to reach out to all of the people who have lost anyone to suicide. I was in both ways lucky and unlucky at the time that is what i really wanted and to today there is still an exsistant hate for those people. But i was lucky i was caught and brought to the hospital just in time. Though the difference between me and Phoebe i got the privialige to live another day and she didnt. It wasnt fair. i reach out to all of you who have lost anyone.
 
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