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    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.
    http://www.angus-reid.com/polls/view..._and_americans
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    http://www.people.com/people/article...360860,00.html

    Preview of People magazine special on Phoebe - coming out tomorrow.

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    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.
    http://wbztv.com/local/south.hadley....medium=twitter


    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

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    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.
    http://www.herald.ie/world-news/phoe...s-2139053.html


    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

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    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
    http://twitter.com/SharmanFox25/statuses/12188466632


    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    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!
    http://67.72.16.166/wbz/2329698.mp3
    Last edited by Paladine; 04-15-2010 at 02:23 PM.


    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    "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.
    http://www.thebostonchannel.com/most...06/detail.html


    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

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    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. "
    http://www.rcfp.org/newsitems/index.php?i=2779


    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    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."
    http://www.drlaurablog.com/2010/04/1...our-cowardice/


    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    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.
    http://media.www.thelamron.com/media...-3907036.shtml
    Last edited by Paladine; 04-15-2010 at 06:42 PM.


    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

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    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."
    http://www.cbs3springfield.com/news/local/90976419.html
    Last edited by Paladine; 04-15-2010 at 06:47 PM.


    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

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    "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.
    http://www.wggb.com/global/story.asp?s=12319655


    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

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    A vibrant life cut short: Friends remember a teen who 'drew you in'

    http://www.gazettenet.com/2010/03/30...life-cut-short

    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."

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    New details on Phoebe Prince, slammed into lockers, told to kill herself on Facebook

    http://www.irishcentral.com/story/ne...-90997289.html

    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."

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    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.
    http://run4chocolate.wordpress.com/2...he-grand-jury/


    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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