NORTHAMPTON, Mass —Nine teens have been charged in the “unrelenting” bullying of a teenage girl from Ireland who killed herself after being raped and enduring months of torment by classmates in person and online, a prosecutor said Monday.
Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel said 15-year-old Phoebe Prince of South Hadley was stalked and harassed nearly constantly from September until she killed herself Jan. 14. The freshman had recently moved to western Massachusetts from Ireland. “The investigation revealed relentless activities directed toward Phoebe to make it impossible for her to stay at school. The bullying for her was intolerable,” Scheibel said. Six teens — four girls and two boys — face charges including statutory rape, assault, violation of civil rights resulting in injury, criminal harassment, disturbance of a school assembly and stalking. Three younger girls face delinquency charges. Click HERE for the full story and video clip.
I’ve said it before, bullying is NOT something that comes natural. Bullying is something that children initially experience within their homes, long before they begin to attend school. It comes at the hands of siblings or other families members. By the time children enter school, a foundation of bullying has been laid. And now that we have the internet, bullying has taken on a new (and cowardly) way of taunting children. And to know that the school officials were aware of her being harassed but did nothing to intervene is astonishing. Astonishing also is that these school officials will not be charged for there inaction. This is a fail from all sides.