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    Unhappy South Hadley High School's 'new girl,' driven to suicide by teenage cyber bullies

    Nine Massachusetts teenagers were indicted Monday for driving a pretty 15-year-old "new girl" from Ireland to suicide in a case that has become a symbol of high school and online bullying.

    The sweeping charges - which come after months of complaints that the bullies weren't being punished - include statutory rape, violation of civil rights with bodily injury, criminal harassment and stalking.

    Phoebe Prince, a new arrival at South Hadley High School from a tiny seaside hamlet in County Clare, was mercilessly tormented by a cadre of classmates later dubbed the "Mean Girls" by Massachusetts newspapers.

    "The investigation revealed relentless activity directed towards Phoebe designed to humiliate her and to make it impossible for her to remain at school," said District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel.

    "The bullying for her became intolerable."

    According to students, Phoebe was called "Irish slut" and "whore" on Twitter, Craigslist, Facebook and Formspring.

    Her books were routinely knocked out of her hands, items were flung at her, her face was scribbled out of photographs on the school walls, and threatening text messages were sent to her cell phone.

    Scheibel said she had drawn the ire of the "Mean Girls" by briefly dating a popular senior football player in her first weeks at the school.

    On Jan. 14, Phoebe was harassed and threatened in the school library and in a hallway at school, Scheibel said. As she walked home, one of the "Mean Girls" drove by and threw a can of Red Bull at her.

    Phoebe walked into her house and hung herself in a stairwell.

    But the nastiness didn't even end there. Her tormentors actually posted snide comments on the dead girl's Facebook memorial page.

    For months, community anger simmered that no punishment had befallen Phoebe's bullies. Petitions were signed and town hall meetings held.

    Scheibel said her investigators were taking the time to investigate thoroughly, and slammed "the inexplicable lack of cooperation from Internet service providers, in particular Facebook and Craigslist."

    Seven of the nine charged Monday are girls charged with a range of crimes, from criminal harassment to stalking to civil rights violations. A juvenile was charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon - namely, the Red Bull can.

    The two males, 17 and 18, are charged with statutory rape.

    Unveiling the indictments Monday, Scheibel said numerous faculty members, staff members and administrators at South Hadley High School were aware of the bullying - some even witnessed physical abuse - and did nothing.

    She said the investigation looked at whether the adults' failure to help Phoebe amounted to criminal behavior.

    "In our opinion, it did not," she said. "Nevertheless, the actions or inactions of some adults at the school are troublesome."



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    Where were the girls parents while all this harassment was taking place?? I'm from Mass and went to school there. (course that was 30 years ago ) but is hasn't changed. Teenage girls are mean nasty and vengeful. Not sure how one nut-job commenter (Bohemian) turned this into a Palin/right-wing political thing. Probably some angry liberal parent of one of the nine teenage harassers. I hope they all get jail time.
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    Poor girl.


    I didn't read anything about the boys bullying her. The 17 year old gets a juvy record record, and the 18 year old has to identify himself as a sex offender?


    I don't really have much to say after reading the comments on the linked page. My brain shutdown as a self defense mechanism.

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    That sucks. However, if she really was bullied into killing herself, there was something wrong with her to begin with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOMS View Post
    That sucks. However, if she really was bullied into killing herself, there was something wrong with her to begin with.
    Yeah, she probably had a mental illness that was triggered and activated by those girls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOMS View Post
    That sucks. However, if she really was bullied into killing herself, there was something wrong with her to begin with.
    Well, yes and no. I'm normally less than empathetic when it comes to suicide, or those who attempt it, but think about it....didn't things seem a lot more overwhelming when you were a teen? I remeber experiencing impending doom a few times.
    Sad thing is that she didn't seem to let her parents, or somebody, know what was going on....sad.

    As for those staff members who did nothing?...and the idiot who dismissed their non-response as "troublesome"? I'd be doing hard time for what I would do to their sorry asses if my child had been unaided in that situation. Contrary to the cop-out B.S. Scheibel offered, I think that educators are entirely responsible for calling out kids who threaten others....they may not be in a position to discipline these brats, but they can damn sure notify someone who is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaMayor View Post
    I think that educators are entirely responsible for calling out kids who threaten others....they may not be in a position to discipline these brats, but they can damn sure notify someone who is.
    This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post
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    She was cute...I want to see pics those who picked on her...Probably less so, and jealous?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fetusaurus Rex View Post
    She was cute...I want to see pics those who picked on her...Probably less so, and jealous?
    The article said she dated a popular football player at the beginning of the school year.

    What a shame she had no hero to protect her. Or that she didn't have that "spite factor" in her. I'd never give my tormentors the satisfaction of killing myself over their taunts.

    Rest in Peace to the poor girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt James View Post
    The article said she dated a popular football player at the beginning of the school year.

    What a shame she had no hero to protect her. Or that she didn't have that "spite factor" in her. I'd never give my tormentors the satisfaction of killing myself over their taunts.

    Rest in Peace to the poor girl.
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    She looks sprayable..

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOMS View Post
    That sucks. However, if she really was bullied into killing herself, there was something wrong with her to begin with.
    Agreed, however, if that was my child who was bullied in to committing suicide, there would be 9 less reasons to worry about overpopulation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sprayherup View Post
    She looks sprayable..
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