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04-13-2010, 10:24 PM
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04-13-2010, 10:39 PM
22News asked residents of South Hadley if they’d recommend this town and school system to potential buyers. One woman who said she was bullied when she attended South Hadley High School said "I probably wouldn't. Bullying is a serious issue." But Ed Marcous of South Hadley said "Bullying goes on everywhere. It’s a shame it went to this extent. But, this is a great town. I wouldn’t deter anybody from moving to South Hadley."
04-14-2010, 12:03 AM
School Committee Chairman Edward J. Boisselle on Tuesday accused local advertising man and school critic Darby J. O’Brien of “impersonating” a spokesman for the Prince family in various media outlets, including during his appearance Thursday on the nationally broadcast television program “The Dr. Phil Show.”
“I cannot think of anything more hurtful for the community, the schools and mostly the Prince family. That is a very serious allegation,” Boisselle said.
04-14-2010, 02:42 PM
Cosby also told King that he could not believe that Prince's teachers in South Hadley High School, Massachusetts had failed to address what was happening to her.
'I don't know if shocked is the word as - as much as I just did not believe,' said Cosby. 'I don't believe that you can take a job as a teacher, as a superintendent, as a principal and - and not recognize, when you're being told by parents,' he added.
King reminded Cosby that all of Prince's teacher's and administrators said they had no idea the bullying was going on. Cosby dismissed this idea and highlighted his own successful experience in dealing with school bullies in the past.
'You see, for instance, when our daughter Erica had a problem, she reported it to us. Mrs. Cosby then went to the school. The school immediately - and Erica is maybe seven, eight years old - immediately brought the parents in of the child who was doing the bullying. And it - it worked.'
The contrast between the Cosby families' experience and Prince's could not have been more stark.
04-14-2010, 02:56 PM
Bill Cosby lashes out at Phoebe Prince bullies
snip~Comedian and activist Bill Cosby lashed out at the bullies who tormented tragic Phoebe Prince on a special anti-bullying segment on Larry King Live last night.
Cosby also told King that he could not believe that Prince's teachers in South Hadley High School, Massachusetts had failed to address what was happening to her.
'I don't know if shocked is the word as - as much as I just did not believe,' said Cosby. 'I don't believe that you can take a job as a teacher, as a superintendent, as a principal and - and not recognize, when you're being told by parents,' he added.~ end snip
Much more at above link including how he handled bullying when it involved his daughter.
04-14-2010, 03:00 PM
Three arraigned in Phoebe Prince bullying case
snip~An arraignment for three of the nine students involved in the Phoebe Prince bullying case took place at Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday, April 6. Prince committed suicide on January 14 after allegedly enduring brutal harassment by the three teenagers in question, as well as at least six others.
The defendants did not attend their arraignment, allowing their lawyers to enter ‘not guilty’ pleas on their behalf. Their absence in court invoked anger in many of those in attendance. Eric Lacust, a student from Granby, told The Boston Globe that he was upset that they did not attend the arraignment.
“They should be denied bail,” Lacust said. “I think it’s wrong that no one showed up. It shows you can get away with murder, and it’s all right.”~ end
more at link
04-14-2010, 03:47 PM
Education Department Touts New Civil Rights Enforcement Efforts, But Will Not Investigate Suicide of Bullied Student
But when asked by CNSNews.com following the speech if her office was investigating the Jan. 14 death of Phoebe Prince, an Irish immigrant who hanged herself after being bullied for weeks by nine teens, Ali said no – even though some of the suspects are charged with violating Massachusetts civil rights statutes.
“Yes, it appears that there were some civil rights issues -- national origin and discrimination under Title IV,” Ali said.
“It’s hard to know, but we have offered to provide technical assistance to the school,” Ali added. “We’re going to let the criminal case, the state-level criminal cases play out, but we’ll be watching closely and do whatever we can to make sure the culture of that school that gave rise to that tragedy gets changed.”
When asked again if her office was investigating the case, she said it wasn’t: “We have not launched,” Ali said. “The state is investigating and prosecuting criminally – it’s investigating both the perpetrators of the bullying but also the school itself.
“So we’re watching and we’re working with local officials but we have not launched an investigation and as of right now don’t plan to,” Ali said. “We’ll see what happens with the state.”
04-14-2010, 03:53 PM
He's calling Phoebe's mom a liar!
South Hadley, Mass (WWLP) - Superintendent Gus Sayer told 22News Phoebe's mother claims she contacted the South Hadley High School twice to tell the school about the bullying problem her daughter was facing, but Sayer says he has yet to find any record of such an exchange within the system.
04-14-2010, 05:02 PM
new info coming out on April 26th from People mag...
04-15-2010, 12:09 AM
South Hadley School Meeting
"Heated South Hadley speak out"
04-15-2010, 12:10 AM
Tensions Run High at meeting
04-15-2010, 12:11 AM
South Hadley elects new chairperson
04-15-2010, 12:34 AM
NYT: Tense school meeting
04-15-2010, 01:14 AM
"After making a statement apologizing for not calling the meeting weeks ago, chairman Edward Boisselle, held a public comment session.
The first two residents at the public speak out were thrown out, complete with police escort.
Emotions bubbled to the brim and eventually boiled over.
The first resident, accused the administration of covering up prior knowledge of Phoebe's death.
He was met by police after saying those in power were a "noose on the neck of the town."
The second parent, Luke Gelanis, was met by police after suggesting several officials be fired.
Later, Superintendent Gus Sayer, addressed questions of prior knowledge of bullying. He issued this explanation, saying officials didn't know the scope of the bullying.
"Tragically, Phoebe Prince herself did not make known to school officials the full extent of the bullying that was tormenting her," Sayer says.
Many complained afterward that the meeting was one-sided.
04-15-2010, 01:23 AM
"Tempers flare and parents ejected by cops at Phoebe Prince school committee meeting"
Police had to intervene and three parents were taken from the hall after speaking out at a very tense meeting of the South Hadley School Committee on Thursday night. The chairman of the committee resigned amid heated discussions and a strong police presence.
The three parents angrily demanded the resignation of school officials over the bullying death of Irish girls Phoebe Prince who hung herself on January 14th.
It was the first meeting of the school committee since six students were charged with the bullying of Phoebe.
04-15-2010, 02:58 AM
POLL: "Bullying Is A Crime To Canadians And Americans"
(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - People in two North American countries believe bullying should be considered a crime even if no physical violence is involved, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 62 per cent of respondents in Canada—and 52 per cent in the U.S.—agree with this notion.
In the United States, the death of teenager Phoebe Prince has sparked a national debate about bullying. Prince—an immigrant from Ireland—committed suicide in January after repeated instances of harassment and taunting. Last month, six teenagers from Prince’s South Hadley High School were indicted as adults on felony charges by a Hampshire County grand jury.
04-15-2010, 09:56 AM
Preview of People magazine special on Phoebe - coming out tomorrow.
04-15-2010, 01:56 PM
Board Chairman Edward Boisselle also announced at Wednesday night's meeting that he is stepping down from his leadership post just nine days after his re-election, but will remain on the committee.
04-15-2010, 02:38 PM
A heavy police presence surrounded the school last night and one parent was taken from the hall after saying that officials should be hanged.
The comments reflected some of the rage that was directed at administrators.
Another two parents were ushered out of the building after calling for the removal of Boisselle, Superintendent Gus Sayer and Principal Dan Smith.
Prince family friend Darby O'Brien said: "I think it's time, Ed, that you stopped attacking other people. You need to hold the officials -- who could have stepped in at any time and stopped this -- accountable."
But the committee defended itself against the allegations, saying some parents had adopted a "mob mentality".
Some parents defended the administrators, arguing that they did all they could to protect Phoebe and should now be allowed to get on with their work.
04-15-2010, 03:10 PM
a tweet from a newswoman...the tone was set early, imo...
First speaker says "they dropped the ball, get rid of em." He was escorted out by police. #fox25
04-15-2010, 03:22 PM
This is Luke Gelinas, the parent that was booted from the meeting last night, talking on the radio about the school committee meeting last night! He also says the constitution doesn't exist for us here in South Hadley...says they are defaming him and O'Brien...
HE SPEAKS OUT! Says we need the media for help...MUST LISTEN!
04-15-2010, 03:55 PM
"Shouting Erupts In Town Torn By Teen's Suicide
School Board Chairman Orders Parents Out Of Meeting"
In South Hadley, the town torn apart by a teen's suicide following bullying at the local high school, emotions erupted at the local school board meeting Wednesday night.
Police officers had to stop a fiery exchange between school board members and parents and escort several parents out of the meeting at the request of the board chairman.
Throughout the packed meeting Chairman Edward J. Boisselle banged the gavel and tried to quiet the crowd of about 100 parents who said they're won't stand silently by any longer, as they believe too many did, when Phoebe Prince, 15, was bullied at school.
04-15-2010, 05:56 PM
I picked this up from CF2 on masslive, south hadley...
applying to a school board meeting..
"The school board created a limited public forum when it opened its meetings for public comment, the judge held. As a designated public forum, the school board can only impose time, place and manner restrictions, but could not prohibit the speech based on its content. "
04-15-2010, 05:59 PM
Dr. Laura's take...
"On Monday, I wrote about the event in Massachusetts that you’ve all heard about by now. Several South Hadley, Massachusetts high school students are being tried on felony charges for the harassment of a high school freshman which led to her suicide. It was worse than harassment - it was persecution, both physical and mental, and in the full view of other students and teachers. No one did anything to stop them, not even fellow students. Disgusting, really."
"What I want you parents to do is to teach your children to stand between evil and the innocent, even if they risk being ostracized or worse. It is only when people stop just standing by that evil will be squelched."
04-15-2010, 07:41 PM
From a college newspaper, what example are these people setting for our youth?
From the April 8 issue of The New York Times: "We were aware of some of the things that changed for Phoebe, but we weren't aware of any bullying," Mr. Sayer said. "If she had said she was being bullied we would have acted on it immediately." [emphasis added]
That is bulls---. I'm not one to use vulgarity in a column, but I have never been so viscerally upset upon sitting down to write an article. Simply as a human being, but especially as a future teacher and as a former recipient of always malevolent and sometimes physically violent bullying, I was disgusted by this response.
Let me be clear: It is not in any way, shape or form Prince's fault that she was a victim of bullying. It was not her responsibility to explicitly spell out exactly what was happening to her. It was, however, the job of school officials and teachers to reach out to her in a meaningful way, and it is now the time for these people to own responsibility for allowing such acts of violence to culminate in a tragic suicide.
04-15-2010, 07:46 PM
Chief Labrie speaks out for the resource officer...why is it always Phoebe's fault for allegedly not saying anything?
South Hadley's officer in the high school, Detective Todd Dineen, was friends with Phoebe Prince, but she did not report the alleged bullying to her policeman friend.
Wednesday night school resource officer, Detective Todd Dineen, and another policeman escorted an angry parent out of a school committee meeting in South Hadley.
After months of negative coverage about the Prince suicide, Dineen did not want to speak on camera. But, South Hadley Police Chief David Labrie says Dineen, who in the elementary, middle and high schools, has always done a great job.
LaBrie says "Given the publicity this has taken on he has been involved in a lot more incidents and reports of bullying type behavior. Teasing, harassing behavior."
But, some are wondering where Dineen was when Phoebe Prince was being bullied. Interestingly enough, Dineen knew Prince and had actually formed a bond over their shared Irish heritage.
LaBrie says "Nothing was reported to him. He knew Phoebe Prince. He had instructed a class that she was in. In early November he spoke with her. He's Irish, she was Irish and they formed a conversation about Ireland and about how beautiful the scenery was there. So, he did have interaction with her and he knew her through a class. She did not report any inappropriate activities to him."
04-15-2010, 08:45 PM
"Attorney Makes Plea to the Public"
Attorney Colin Keefe represents Sharon Chanon Velasquez, one of the six teens indicted in the Phoebe Prince case.
The following is statement Keefe released on April 15, 2010:
I would like to remind people: My client has plead not guilty and not delinquent.
We are dealing with a 16 year old whose life is being torn apart and placed, out of context, under a microscope.
04-15-2010, 09:53 PM
A vibrant life cut short: Friends remember a teen who 'drew you in'
For months during her freshman year of high school, Phoebe Prince was subjected to verbal abuse and physical threats that made her life hellish. But friends here and in her native Ireland describe her as an inspiring and intelligent teenager with a quick laugh and talent for writing, drawing and talking.
"She was so outgoing and she just kind of drew you in," South Hadley High School freshman Meghan Kennedy, said in a phone interview. "The second you met her you wanted to know everything about her. She could have this life conversation with you like you knew her. It was really nice to meet her."
04-15-2010, 11:20 PM
New details on Phoebe Prince, slammed into lockers, told to kill herself on Facebook
At first she sough solace in her iPod about which she had once written "I have a song for every moment and mood of my day."
After a French class after lunch Phoebe seemed increasingly despondent to friends. She described an incident of bullying to them and said "I'll find way out of this problem."
Little did the friends know she was talking about killing herself.
Her death confounded her friends who pointed out that she signed off her text messages with a saying "life is an opportunity in itself."
04-16-2010, 12:08 AM
April 15, 2010...8:35 am
Mrs. District Attorney: please reconvene the grand jury
And have them look at the various statements from Mr. Sayer.
04-16-2010, 12:25 AM
Holding officials accontable is now considered a 'witch hunt'...by his fella, anyways...
"Witch hunts won’t bring Phoebe Prince back"
Of course, every school must create a safe climate for all students and must deal promptly with complaints. But parents are the ones most responsible for their children’s values and behavior. If the South Hadley bullies acted as alleged, resulting in Phoebe Prince’s suicide, then why aren’t more people in the community asking how those families could raise such children?
Everyone needs to stop blaming school officials and parents, and start working together for the common good. Public witch hunts won’t bring Phoebe Prince back. What’s more, they make it harder to learn how to prevent such tragedies in the future.
The writer was superintendent of schools in Lincoln and Weston and was president of Wheelock and Simmons colleges.
04-16-2010, 12:40 AM
"1st ammendment rights in question"
Luke Gelinas had to leave last night's meeting. He told 22News, he believes his first amendment rights were violated.
"I started talking about the governor's recent remarks. As soon as I said the Governor of Massachusetts, the gavel came down and they said your done," said Gelinas.
04-16-2010, 02:21 AM
"Parents miss red flags of bullying: By LEANNE ITALIE
Associated Press Writer
April 16, 2010
Some common misconceptions may lull the parents of bullies into failing to recognize warning signs.
Bullies are often star athletes or popular girls considered charismatic leaders by peers and adults, experts say. What's often missed or passed over as minor is a consistent pattern of control and aggression against other kids — behavior that socially savvy bullies can sometimes slide under the radar of grown-ups.
"It's not what we typically think of. It's not always the kid who's pushing kids down on the playground," says Rosalind Wiseman, who wrote "Queen Bees and Wannabes," the basis for the movie "Mean Girls."
04-16-2010, 10:55 AM
Teens Charged in Phoebe Prince Bullying Case Get Death Threats
A defense lawyer is calling for calm after death threats have been made against teenagers charged in the death of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, who committed suicide after she was allegedly bullied by schoolmates.
“Not to minimize what happened to Phoebe Prince in any way, but translating this into death threats and public harassment has got to stop,” says Colin Keefe, who represents Sharon Chanon Velazquez, accused of tormenting Prince, who hanged herself on Jan. 14.
04-16-2010, 01:52 PM
In a recreation of her final hours, People says that she was "skipping around" in the morning but her mood deteriorated as the day went on.
A pal describes how she was targeted with a "barrage of vicious taunts and vulgar insults".
At first she sought solace in her iPod, about which she had once written: "I have a song for every moment and mood of my day."
But after lunch Phoebe seemed increasingly downbeat. She described an incident of bullying to friends and said: "I'll find a way out of this problem," but they never thought that she was talking about killing herself.
Her death was all the more shocking to friends because she often signed off her text message saying, "life is an opportunity in itself".
04-16-2010, 06:18 PM
Ms. S. Cooley, teacher at SHHS, shares some interesting survey conclusions in this pdf...
When we surveyed about 200 students at our high school, 53% said they think we need more recreation sites in
our town. We found that 56% of these students do participate in an organized recreational activity and spend up
to 2 hours outside per day, but this is usually within the confines of a team sports practice. Teachers who
responded to a survey said they prefer the open areas of the past to the more structured areas and businesses that
have now taken over South Hadley. They all commented that they missed a sense of togetherness that the town
used to offer.
04-16-2010, 08:54 PM
Atty. weighs in on 1st amendment debate
S. Hadley school committee meeting controversial
Updated: Friday, 16 Apr 2010, 6:59 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 16 Apr 2010, 6:59 PM EDT
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) - Wednesday’s school committee meeting in South Hadley gave people the ability to respond to the bullying controversy that’s rocked their town. But, it also started controversy of it’s own when the basic right of freedom of speech was challenged.
22News showed video of the meeting to Bill Newman, a civil liberties lawyer. He said he couldn't speak directly to this incident. But, he did explain the law. He said " The decision to remove someone from a meeting and public speak time, the decision to cut somebody off cannot be based on the content. That is the viewpoint of what the speaker is saying."
04-16-2010, 09:41 PM
"Prince case backlash spurs death threat"
A 22News investigation uncovered at least one death threat targeting a private citizen who publicly questioned school authorities.
the school has received about 10 to 12 threatening emails. All of them have been from anonymous senders, and some are from far away states
04-16-2010, 10:45 PM
Clear video of Mulveyhill, Renaud and Narey...
04-17-2010, 02:38 AM
Man's Daughter also bullied by one of Phoebe's bully's at South Hadley, nothing was done to help...
ROBERTS: Mitch, one of the most troubling things that we're hearing about the Phoebe Prince case is that some of these bullying took place in front of staff members, other students as well. And now a growing chorus of people are asking, where was the school in all of this? Why didn't they step in to intervene? Did any of that happen with your daughter? And what do you think about what happened with Phoebe Prince?
BROUILLARD: Yes, I believe some of that may have happened with my daughter. These adults should have stepped in. I mean, that's the opportune time to nip it in the bud. When an incident starts with just a confrontation, that's the time to put a stop to it. You don't want to let it progress to constant bullying and just stretching on for some time. To some degree I think they turned a blind eye, either not knowing how to handle the situation or unwilling to. But the term in South Hadley is being swept under the rug.
04-17-2010, 09:21 PM
Increasingly, neuroscientists, psychologists and educators believe that bullying and other kinds of violence can indeed be reduced by encouraging empathy at an early age. Over the past decade, research in empathy — the ability to put ourselves in another person's shoes — has suggested that it is key, if not the key, to all human social interaction and morality.
Without empathy, we would have no cohesive society, no trust and no reason not to murder, cheat, steal or lie. At best, we would act only out of self-interest; at worst, we would be a collection of sociopaths.
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1982190,00.html#ixzz0lPGtgzQq
04-18-2010, 01:33 PM
Sunday April 18 2010
THE Facebook photograph shows Sean Mulveyhill and Katie Broderick laughing with each other at the local school dance in South Hadley, Massachusetts, just two days after their Irish schoolmate, Phoebe Prince, 15, took her own life. Dressed in a tuxedo and ballgown, the handsome 17-year-old football player and his pretty young friend look as though the girl who didn't get to go to the dance is very far from their minds.
Their indifference was matched by that of many of their classmates. The day after Phoebe died, Mulveyhill's friend Ashley Longe, 16, referred to Phoebe in an especially callous message on her Facebook page: "She brought it on herself." On other websites, offensive messages posted about Phoebe were subsequently taken down.
At the time it appeared that nothing would be done about this online taunting. Phoebe's family had her body cremated and brought home to Co Clare, and locals in Massachusetts believed that the young people who had bullied her would go unpunished.
A pre-trial conference in the cases of Mulveyhill, Narey and Austin Renaud, who is charged with statutory rape, is set for June 29, meaning the defendants will not appear in court until a September 15 pre-trial hearing unless special proceedings are scheduled in the interim. If convicted, Renaud and Mulveyhill could face up to life imprisonment.
A source at the Northwestern District Attorney's office in Massachusetts, which is prosecuting the case, told the Sunday Independent that her office was "extremely confident" of securing convictions in all cases.
04-18-2010, 03:31 PM
Bullying lawsuits expected to surge from businessinsurance.com...taking action not enough, court says, schools must ensure that action worked.
04-19-2010, 01:14 PM
Here's a link to a forum discussing formspring, apparently Phoebe was bullied on foamspring.
Formspring controversy - The PokĂ©Community Forums
04-19-2010, 05:28 PM
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) -- Austin Renaud, who is one of six teenagers facing charges in connection with the alleged bullying of Phoebe Prince, has been arrested early Sunday for drunken driving.
According to the HHolyoke Police Department arrest log, Renaud, 18, of 185 Garland St., Springfield, was arrested shortly after 3 a.m. on Northampton Street.
According to MassLive.com, Renaud had failed a breathalyzer test at the Holyoke Police Station after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and was released after posting $40 bail. Renaud has been scheduled to be arraigned on a charge of operating under the influence of liquor Tuesday in Holyoke District Court.
04-19-2010, 07:36 PM
Austin's DUI: A Holyoke police dispatcher said the police chief would only be available for comment Tuesday.
04-19-2010, 07:39 PM
Austin's DUI police log...
04-20-2010, 11:44 AM
VIDEO: Austin Renauds lawyer speaks about arrest RAW VIDEO of presser
04-20-2010, 11:58 AM
Renaud, 18, of 185 Garland St., Springfield, was arrested by Holyoke police early Sunday morning after they reportedly found him in his car by the side of Route 5 with bloodshot eyes and alcohol on his breath.
Judge Mark Mason scheduled a pretrial conference for June 11.
04-20-2010, 12:13 PM
Renauds latest arrest has gone national...FOX News
04-20-2010, 03:21 PM
VIDEO: Prince case discussed on the View
04-20-2010, 06:37 PM
Holyoke police chief Anthony Scott told 22News with no financial implications for this boy it makes it very hard for him to take this seriously.
Chief Scott points to the fact Renaud was allegedly breaking the law just 14 days after being indicted on statutory rape charges involving Pheobe Prince.
Chief Scott said, "I believe if there was a bail and some of his parents money had been held on the condition of his release pending trial I believe he would have taken this more seriously."
04-20-2010, 09:06 PM
Accompanied only by his lawyer. No parents by his side, 18 year old Austin Renaud pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence in Holyoke District Court. Renaud was arrested by Holyoke police around 3 o'clock Sunday morning after they found him in his car on the side of Route 5. Police say Renaud's car was damaged, he had bloodshot eyes, and had a blood alcohol of twice the legal limit
04-21-2010, 02:30 AM
Exclusive new details in the Phoebe Prince bullying case tmrw @todayshow. What she was thinking just before her suicide...in her own words.
about 6 hours ago via UberTwitter
04-21-2010, 11:47 AM
"Mom: Bullying suicide case saved my daughter
Woman saw signs, intervened after learning about Phoebe Prince"
The words were hauntingly similar to what Phoebe Prince was reported to have said before the 15-year-old committed suicide.
"My daughter said things like, 'I can't go on,' and 'Nobody will help me and nobody can help me,' " recalled Carla Carey of Foxboro, Mass.
For months, Carey's daughter had reported harassment by a classmate to school officials, who said they looked into her complaints but could not corroborate the incidents. Then a recent spate of calls, which Carey overheard, left her daughter in tears — and sounding like Prince.
Read more: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/366862...#ixzz0lkJPQcor
04-21-2010, 11:54 AM
The writer of this column had done a piece that was sympathetic to the bullies. She recieved so much kick back from viewers, she posted a viewers letter. The letter is magnificent. It presents an argument that is worth a read, imo...
04-21-2010, 03:26 PM
Video of Today Show
msnbc.com Video Player
04-21-2010, 04:12 PM
Another story on the book report...this one doesn't cut Phoebes sentence in half and then qoute it...unlike the WWLP, above...
04-21-2010, 05:21 PM
Phoebe Prince and the people who mercilessly picked on her were not children. They were teenagers, young adults fully aware of the impact their actions had. They knew it wasn’t O.K. to call her an Irish whore. They knew that throwing cans at her as she walked home would be frowned upon. Most importantly, they knew after Phoebe went home on Jan. 14 and committed suicide, it had something to do with their immature, callous bullying.
Recently, six teenagers and three juvenile students were charged in connection with her death. As widely reported, teachers and peers saw Phoebe being harassed and did nothing to help, these bystanders essentially sentenced Phoebe to a grim end simply by turning a blind eye.
Great piece but there's an error in the "9"...I believe we have determined the 3 juveniles are included in the 6...
04-22-2010, 12:11 PM
Phoebe bullied in Ireland, SHHS was notified...
04-22-2010, 12:15 PM
Vigil being held tonight in Michigan for Phoebe
People will gather Thursday night in Marshall to hold a candlelight vigil for a Massachusetts girl who killed herself after being bullied for several months.
They're asking students and others in the community to take “Phoebe's Pledge," promising not to bully others and to treat them with dignity and respect
04-22-2010, 01:56 PM
For a little background, an older Litterbox posting from Feb/09...
04-22-2010, 03:27 PM
Despite this quote, this picture of AR really looks sad to me...such a lost look in his eyes, imo...
However according to defense attorney Alan Black, who is not associated with the case, under the law Renaud could have been put in jail for 60 days as a result of the second arrest while on recognizance from the first arrest.
"There is a section of the Massachusetts General Laws that allows for a mandatory 60 days if certain conditions are met when you pick up the new case when you're out on bail or on recognizance from another case which is what happened in this situation," said Black.
So despite an arrest while being out on bail from a previous arrest, Renaud remains free.http://www.wggb.com/Global/story.asp?S=12344837
04-22-2010, 05:07 PM
Litterbox got credit at Slate! Good for SK...
They are talking about her book report, again...but this time is more accurate! Go Emily! :)
What is clear is that Phoebe was thinking about her family as well as her peers in the months before her death. Lynch writes that for most of her life, Phoebe lived with both of her parents in a hamlet on the coast in County Clare, "in a picturesque house at the back of the cemetery" facing the ocean. But then her parents separated. When Phoebe, her mother, and her younger sister moved to South Hadley, her father and three older siblings stayed behind. Lynch says Phoebe missed her father; I've heard the same thing from people in South Hadley who knew her.
You can feel her wistfulness and the distance between father and daughter in an essay Phoebe wrote for her English class on Oct. 15, three months before her death. (It's online because the blogger The Litterbox, who reports that he found Phoebe's blog on the South Hadley High server, posted it in March.) She's describing "today's values" in "an impersonal electronic society." She writes,...
And she talks about her connection to the books in terms of the experiences of people around her, not herself:http://www.slate.com/id/2251645/
04-23-2010, 02:06 PM
The Dr. who wrote the book on cutting is going to be on AC360 discussing Phoebe...
04-26-2010, 11:19 AM
Article dated April 16, 2010 discussing $80K worth of security cameras that have been at the school for a year.
Last year the administration spent $80,000 on the thirty-two camera units that are able to rotate 360 degrees and use infrared lenses, which can record strange activity even in the dead of night. All of the cameras record in color except for the one in the 500 hallway, which records in black and white. These cameras can make out a person’s face even at a distance.
Principal Dan Smith is clearly seeing these changes. “I believe the cameras have helped the members of our educational community stay within the bounds of acceptable behavior,” Smith said. “I also think our approach in charging students with disruption of a school with the courts also helps.”
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04-28-2010, 01:37 PM
"Friend of Phoebe Prince’s family reports threats"
04-28-2010, 01:39 PM
"Social worker slams South Hadley bully task force"
A member of a South Hadley anti-bullying task force is quitting the group in disgust, saying a new harassment policy crafted in the wake of the suicide of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince was done carelessly.
Eleanor Small, a licensed social worker on its mental health sub-committee, said task force meetings have been “done in short order” and dominated by people with no expertise in the field.
“There are so many people just trying to hear themselves talk,” said Small, a South Hadley High School graduate. “It’s not done by people who have the professional expertise to handle such a critical issue.
04-28-2010, 01:41 PM
Reporter goes to South Hadley
"Fear and loathing in South Hadley over Phoebe Prince suicide"
As I sat there for a few minutes trying to imagine what went on through those walls that caused Phoebe to hang herself, I became almost nauseated. I was lost in my emotions, anger, upset and confusion. The sound of car doors closing and engines roaring to my right caught my attention.
A group of girls, no more than 16 or 17 had finished up what appeared to be hockey practice and were going their separate ways, in top of the range SUVs. I felt slightly intimated by their confidence, their big cars and loud personalities.
After the crowd thinned out I approached two young women. Albeit friendly, when I told them who I was and what I wanted (their opinions on what happened to Phoebe) they cut me off and said, “We’ve been told not to talk to any media,” said a taller girl, although not divulging who told her to remain mum.
I’d hit a dead end before I started.
I crawled back out onto the main road and was in front of Phoebe’s home, the home she shared with her family after moving from Ireland last September within minutes.
The house, brightly painted white with elegant purple shutters, is also on Newton Street. It’s a few hundred yards from the high school.
04-28-2010, 01:53 PM
This is an article about the bully legislation that the Social Worker opposes...
05-02-2010, 07:26 AM
The waiting room outside the school superintendent’s office in Town Hall here is so placid you can hear the traffic going by outside.
On one wall is a daisy chain of Gus A. Sayer cut-outs, made, perhaps, by an elementary school student.
From his office, Sayer’s voice occasionally rises just enough to be audible. The superintendent is on the telephone with a woman from eastern Massachusetts who is giving Sayer a piece of her mind.
The woman is calling about Phoebe Prince, and although she has no personal stake in Prince’s story, she has an opinion. Calmly, Sayer assures her again and again that he believes his administrators took the appropriate steps all along the way.
Since Prince, a 15-year-old South Hadley High School freshman, hanged herself on Jan. 14, Sayer has gone through this routine countless times.
05-21-2010, 05:05 PM
Reporter goes to South Hadley
"Fear and loathing in South Hadley over Phoebe Prince suicide"
I just about cried reading this. :(
06-01-2010, 08:25 AM
Who Failed Phoebe Prince
11 page article by Alyssa Giacobbe in the Boston Magazine - a very honest detailed account of what happened to Phoebe in her time at South Hadley school
08-01-2010, 04:24 PM
Today show discussed Phoebe's case:
08-01-2010, 04:24 PM
Phoebe Prince's father seeks apology:
08-01-2010, 04:26 PM
Lawsuit alleges woman libeled in Prince case:
08-01-2010, 04:27 PM
Phoebe's father would forgive if there was an apology:
10-26-2010, 09:11 PM
Teen charged in Mass. bullying case heads to trial
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts judge on Tuesday scheduled a March trial for a teenager accused of having sexual contact with a younger classmate, who hanged herself after what prosecutors call relentless bullying from the teen's ex-girlfriend and four other students.
Austin Renaud, 18, is charged with the statutory rape of Phoebe Prince, a South Hadley High School freshman who was 15 when she committed suicide in January. Renaud has pleaded not guilty.
Prince's death, one of several high-profile suicides related to bullying, sparked national discussions about the need to intervene against bullying, protect students and punish their alleged tormenters.
Renaud is not charged with bullying Prince. His attorney said Renaud considered Prince a friend, and that he tried in vain to help as the bullying escalated before her suicide.
He cut off contact with his ex-girlfriend and the other students long ago, attorney Terrence Dunphy said.
"As you can see, he was not one of the ones involved with the stalking, the bullying, the abuse or anything else," Dunphy said, describing Renaud as a quiet and respectful teen.
Renaud did not comment at Tuesday's hearing in Hampshire Superior Court. Prince's aunt also attended and left afterward without commenting.
Prosecutors charged all six teens after an investigation into Prince's suicide, which they say occurred after a particularly brutal day of bullying that followed months of verbal abuse and intimidation.
Five South Hadley students are charged with civil rights violations resulting in bodily injury. They are: Flannery Mullins, Sharon Velazquez and Ashley Longe, who were all 16; and Kayla Narey and her on-and-off boyfriend, Sean Mulveyhill, who were both 17.
Prosecutors say the girls were angry about Prince's relationships with Mulveyhill and Renaud. Renaud had dated Mullins before meeting Prince, a recent immigrant from Ireland.
01-02-2011, 07:37 AM
Editor's note: Throughout the last week of 2010, The Republican counts down our editors' picks for top 10 stories of the year.
1. Phoebe Prince suicide and bullying fallout:
When a 15-year-old South Hadley High School freshman hanged herself in her home on Jan. 14, the community was predictably distraught. No one could have predicted, however, that Phoebe Prince would become the face of an international campaign against bullying.
07-08-2011, 10:43 AM
Phoebe Prince bully, Sharon Velasquez says, "I am not a mean person."
Mother says the child she raised wouldn't do these things.
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