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    Nine Charged in Bullying of Massachusetts Teen Who Killed Herself

    I, for one, am glad they are prosecuting these young people for their criminal behavior. The school that they all attended should have taken strong action against them long before it came to this.

    I think that young people should follow the same laws as adults. I think schools should not tolerate criminal activity on school grounds. I think the school officials should also, in some way, be called to task.

    FOXNews.com - Nine Charged in Bullying of Massachusetts Teen Who Killed Herself

    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.

    Scheibel said the harassment began in September. She said school officials knew about the bullying, but none will face criminal charges.

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    Re: Nine Charged in Bullying of Massachusetts Teen Who Killed Herself

    Bullies like that deserve to burn. I don't care if some are underage. They should be tried as adults.

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    Re: Nine Charged in Bullying of Massachusetts Teen Who Killed Herself

    This is a tragic story and I hope that justice is served.

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    Last fall, she moved from Ireland into western Massachusetts, a new town, a new high school, a new country, a new culture. She was 15, when all that matters is being liked and wearing the right clothes and just fitting in.

    She was a freshman and she had a brief fling with a senior, a football player, and for this she became the target of the Mean Girls, who decided then and there that Phoebe didn’t know her place and that Phoebe would pay.

    Kids can be mean, but the Mean Girls took it to another level, according to students and parents. They followed Phoebe around, calling her a slut. When they wanted to be more specific, they called her an Irish slut.

    The name-calling, the stalking, the intimidation was relentless.

    Ten days ago, Phoebe was walking home from school when one of the Mean Girls drove by in a car. An insult and an energy drink can came flying out the car window in Phoebe’s direction.

    Phoebe kept walking, past the abuse, past the can, past the white picket fence, into her house. Then she walked into a closet and hanged herself. Her 12-year-old sister found her.

    You would think this would give the bullies who hounded Phoebe some pause. Instead, they went on Facebook and mocked her in death.

    They told State Police detectives they did nothing wrong, had nothing to do with Phoebe killing herself.

    And then they went right back to school and started badmouthing Phoebe.

    They had a dance, a cotillion, at the Log Cabin in Holyoke two days after Phoebe’s sister found her in the closet, and some who were there say one of the Mean Girls bragged about how she played dumb with the detectives who questioned her.

    Last week, one of the Springfield TV stations sent a crew to South Hadley High to talk to the kids.

    One girl was interviewed on camera, and she said what was common knowledge: that bullies were stalking the corridors of South Hadley High.

    As soon as the TV crew was out of sight, one of the Mean Girls came up and slammed the girl who had been interviewed against a locker and punched her in the head.

    The Mean Girls are pretty, and popular, and play sports.

    So far, they appear to be untouchable, too.
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    Re: Nine Charged in Bullying of Massachusetts Teen Who Killed Herself

    Quote Originally Posted by MC.no.spin View Post
    This is a tragic story and I hope that justice is served.

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    The untouchable Mean Girls - The Boston Globe
    Wow, amazing. I happen to have a 15 yr old daughter. Whenever we watch a movie depicting nasty high school girls, she always informs me how unrealistic that is, that it never happens at her school.

    I thank God she attends a school where this sort of stuff doesn't occur.

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    Re: Nine Charged in Bullying of Massachusetts Teen Who Killed Herself

    Welcome to Massachusetts.

    Sad thing is, this will probably get blamed on the school.

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    Re: Nine Charged in Bullying of Massachusetts Teen Who Killed Herself

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    Welcome to Massachusetts.

    Sad thing is, this will probably get blamed on the school.
    Well it sort of depends. If certain actions, like physical violence, were done at school and the school didn't do anything then the school needs to look at how they handle situations like this. But the school should not hold majority of the blame. Still though my heart goes out to this girl and her family as I was also the victim of high school bullying and it is really difficult to deal with at times.

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    Re: Nine Charged in Bullying of Massachusetts Teen Who Killed Herself

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    Well it sort of depends. If certain actions, like physical violence, were done at school and the school didn't do anything then the school needs to look at how they handle situations like this. But the school should not hold majority of the blame. Still though my heart goes out to this girl and her family as I was also the victim of high school bullying and it is really difficult to deal with at times.
    Schools are powerless these days. They can't discpline problem kids, they can't expel them, they can't count on parents to get involved.

    It's daytime juvenile prison daycare in many areas. Learning is a complete afterthought.

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    Re: Nine Charged in Bullying of Massachusetts Teen Who Killed Herself

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    Well it sort of depends. If certain actions, like physical violence, were done at school and the school didn't do anything then the school needs to look at how they handle situations like this.
    Would certainly agree with that.
    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    But the school should not hold majority of the blame. Still though my heart goes out to this girl and her family as I was also the victim of high school bullying and it is really difficult to deal with at times.
    Would LOVE to know if at any time the parents of these little bitches were made aware of what a bang-up job they did raising their kids (before it was too late).

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    Re: Nine Charged in Bullying of Massachusetts Teen Who Killed Herself

    This is why people should just learn to fight well enough to defend themselves from crap like that. Beat these girls asses, and they'll eventually stop.
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    Re: Nine Charged in Bullying of Massachusetts Teen Who Killed Herself

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    Would LOVE to know if at any time the parents of these little bitches were made aware of what a bang-up job they did raising their kids (before it was too late).
    Well I know in my case when my parents finally were able to convince the school to address the problem, the parents of the students said I was making it all up. Even after four or five teachers came forward and said exactly what I said. Oddly enough though so same teachers never once tried to stop the kids. So, I think at first these parents will probably go through some denial because I don't think many, if any, parents imagine their kids to grow up like these girls did.

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