March 31, 2010
Posted: 02:58 PM ET
By Kevin Cullen
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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