Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old Ireland Immigrant and new school girl was like your average student; a hard worker who strived to succeed and a student who just wanted to make friends with her fellow peers. Her principal called her a smart and charming girl. A boy had invited her to the winter cotillion, which is the height of the social season at South Hadley High School in Massachusetts. However, just two days prior to the big dance, the police responded to a 911 call, arrived on the scene, and found her hanging dead. As police further investigated the case, they found out that she’d been bullied relentlessly by her classmates,whom had sent hateful messages towards her via text, various social networking sites, and in person, calling her names such as “Irish slut” and “whore”. According to the article about her on truecrimereport.com, she was a Freshman who, as one of her misfortunes, also briefly dated a Senior football player. Of course, the cheerleaders probably thought she didn’t know her place in the social pyramid.
Now, also from reading articles on the Internet about this case, I can’t conclude just from reading whether or not she actually had the courage to tell school authorities, and I certainly won’t bother assuming that she did. I’m just hoping that she did. However, what the article does say is that school authorities were aware of the constant harassment towards her. What makes me absolutely sick is that they never did their jobs. They never stepped up to the plate and said “Hey! You three! Office now!” or “GIRLS! You’re all coming with me.”. They never took action or gave any indication of confronting the perpetrators on the bullying issue.
As you guys know, I’m a Senior in high school. I’m just simply trying to make the best out of my last year, and from being here for all four years, I can definitely say that the class rivalry does exist, especially during Homecoming. I’ve heard stories about Freshmen being dumped into trashcans. And I also heard this one story about some Freshman and a locker… whatever happened there. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make here is regardless of class pride, rivalries, and opinions, we’re all humans. And I think that’s the one aspect that most students fail to realize. Just because your a Senior doesn’t mean you have authority over an underclassman. Just because you’re older than someone else doesn’t automatically mean you can pick on them all you want. Put yourself in their shoes, see how it feels to be bullied, then decide whether or not you want to continue bullying people. Of course, there are those out there that continue to be jerks because they seem to know no limits.
Seriously though, that is very messed up how school authorities didn’t bother doing anything to stop the constant torment the poor girl was facing. I’m just glad at least a couple students were booked in jail with charges that include criminal harassment and stalking pressed against them. As for the lack of cooperation from Internet service providers such as Facebook and Craigslist, I’m disappointed but not surprised. Those guys just think about earning just another one of their paychecks, and going back home to… maybe spend more time planning on other projects? Or maybe they are spending quality time with the family. Either way, that’s life. But in any case, may Phoebe Prince rest in peace, and justice be served.
Tip of the Day: Because I’ve ran out of tips that I can think of at the top of my head, don’t be a bully yourself. Help others, don’t harm them.
One of the articles that I researched on the Internet on this case: http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-03-29/news/27060348_1_facebook-town-hall-meetings-school-library
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