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March 31, 2010

Standing Up For Phoebe

Posted: 02:58 PM ET

By Kevin Cullen
via Boston.com

So, finally, an adult in authority in South Hadley stepped up for Phoebe Prince.

Her name is Betsy Scheibel. She is the district attorney in that part of Western Massachusetts, and she also happens to live in South Hadley. She grew up there, went to college at Mount Holyoke, just off the town green, and has restored some faith in the idea that somebody in a position of power there gets it.

In the days and weeks after Jan. 14, when 15-year-old Phoebe Prince hanged herself in a closet in her family’s apartment on Newton Street, the students who bullied her her death continued to walk the halls of South Hadley High as if nothing had happened. And the people who ran the schools seemed fine with that.

When this was pointed out, there were some people in South Hadley who got awfully defensive. “Blaming the victim’’ is a polite way to describe what they were saying about Phoebe. Character assassination is another.

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MourningMJ   March 31st, 2010 3:38 pm ET

This is so tragic what happened to this young girl. She immigrated from Ireland with her family to have a better life in the U.S., and this is how the American youths demonstrate their constitutional faith. Her silent suffering was a direct result of the public ridiculing and taunting she suffered by her peers. I partly blame the school officials for failing in taking a more pro-active approach, but I also blame the guardians/parents of the bullies for failing to teach their children ethics and values. It's the guardians responsibility to continue ongoing reinforcement of positive values both in the home and in public. What a tragedy.


Anonymous in Arizona   March 31st, 2010 4:21 pm ET

I don't know why schools do not have an anti bullying ban. It is a crisis in the schools and children need to be taught that bullying of any type is unacceptable.
Perhaps a mandatory diversity class is in order for the schools starting in the 2nd grade...We used to have to take Health as a mandatory class why can't diversity be incorporated into that. It is just a matter of civilizing the youth. Not only are students today not being taught important facts they are not being socialized with the values that will make them better human beings to carry into the U.S. future.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   April 1st, 2010 7:41 am ET

Thank God for this lady.........Betsy Scheibel who is a District Attorney and her efforts to round up all the so-called bullies.........while the school on the other hand was turning a blind eye to it all. Shame on them. The school let them down badly I'm afraid. It's too hard for them I suppose. Phoebe Prince's Mum should have pulled her out immediately.

The bullying that goes on nowadays is not innocent.........these types can be very vicious, nasty people........that are out for blood and to get you. I hope that they get their just desserts. Like lining them up in front of the whole school and giving them a good dose of corporal punishment maybe. Tan their behinds and hands or is that too good for them. Jail would be the ultimate.

Also parents, what is happening with your children.........that they could treat others so badly. Are they being taught the right values at home. It all begins in the home enviironment really. Need to take a hard look at yourselves and ask.........am I bringing up my children the right way????????


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   April 1st, 2010 7:45 am ET

I forgot to add.......that the schools also need to step up to the plate........and take bullying seriously........and try to stamp it out right away. Not try and sweep the problem under the carpet. It is not going to go away. Need to deal with it I'm afraid.


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