Monday, February 25, 2013

Author: Bullying more complex than parents think

USA Today, February 23, 2013

"The case was grim and the facts seemed clear: For three months in late 2009 and early 2010, authorities said, a gang of classmates bullied Massachusetts high school freshman Phoebe Prince so ruthlessly that on the afternoon of Jan. 14, 2010, the 15-year-old walked home, found a scarf given as a Christmas gift by her little sister, tied it around her neck and hanged herself from a stairwell.
Weeks later, District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel announced felony criminal indictments against six teens, five of them minors. Phoebe's suicide, Scheibel said, was the result of a relentless campaign of 'verbally assaultive behavior and threats of physical harm' by several South Hadley High School students. The most serious charge carried up to 10 years in prison." Read More

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