This is a discussion of the Phoebe Prince case; what went wrong, when did it go wrong, and who was to blame?
Phoebe Prince, an Irish teenager living in South Hadley, Massachusetts, committed suicide on January 14, 2010. The cause of the suicide was apparently vicious and relentless bullying by the so called "untouchable mean girls" of South Hadley High School, which supposedly happened because the "mean girls" were jealous of Phoebe due to her dating a member of the football team.
She was tormented by at least two different groups of people, which culminated in her hanging herself after some piece of trash threw a can at her from a passing car on her way home. Her body was then discovered by her younger sister.
To make it even worse, her Facebook page was then bombarded with crude to outright vile comments, most of which got removed.
I'm trying to keep as emotionless as possible as I write this, but it really hits home with me, as I've been bullied beyond belief, too. But it never got that bad. I also feel a sort of kinship with her, as she was from Ireland, and fifteen, the same age as me.
I'm glad her parents decided to bury her here in Ireland. An entire ocean away from the scum that caused her death.
This has got to be one of the most disgusting bullying-induced suicides to date. The fact that she was allowed to be tormented like this and the school authorities did nothing to stop it is beyond my words to describe.
I believe this brings the serious errors in the schooling system of America and other countries besides to light; I suspect bullying is allowed to continue because the authorities believe it will somehow toughen up the students for future life... and they conveniently turn a blind eye when this twisted little philosophy costs the lives of those who can't stand up to that kind of treatment.
Nine teenagers from the school now face charges ranging from rape, to violation of civil rights, criminal harassment, disturbance of a school assembly, and stalking. In terms of punishment, I think all nine of those little fiends should be tricked into believing they're getting the death penalty, and walked up the hill to a hangman's noose, just so that they can understand how Phoebe must have felt in her last hour on earth. Of course, real justice is a complete joke in Massachusetts, so there's no way it's going to happen, but I still thing that would be the most fitting retribution.
The wikipedia article is here.
Suicide of Phoebe Prince - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia