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    Well I think I've got a grasp on what the problem is....according to Boisselle and the one mother we've heard from.....There is no problem!


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    So what's he saying that the bullying is not serious unless 300 or more kids new about it? I'm really having a hard time wrapping my mind around Boisselle's comment.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jjenny View Post
    I presume somebody is at home to watch your daughter?
    Otherwise, how is that going to work if there is no one home to watch the child while he or she is learning on line?
    well yes, I usually am. However, at times when I work outside the home (I have been lucky enough that I work inline as well) - we have elderly neighbors across the street - plus she is 16 and a very responsible person.

    You are right about little ones though - someone would have to be there.

    I'm not saying homeschooling or online schooling is the answer - its not! I don't particularly like the disadvantages of it - but its better than worrying every morning about what's going to happen today.

    There are other alternatives, other answers, other cures for our education in America. Its just sad that most of them will never come to be because the politicians won't keep their hands out of the cookie jar.

    Seems like this school district has a superintendent like the one we have here. Nowhere in America are our kids coming first (I shouldn't say that - I'm sure there are some smaller districts that are really doing a good job - but certainly not in our big cities - where there is big money)


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    Quote Originally Posted by SuziQ View Post
    So what's he saying that the bullying is not serious unless 300 or more kids new about it? I'm really having a hard time wrapping my mind around Boisselle's comment.
    IMO he's grasping at straws and splitting hairs to prove to himself that he's not at fault.


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    From article: Angeles Chanon admitted that her daughter, Sharon Chanon Velazquez, 16, had once been suspended from school for verbally abusing Phoebe - but blamed the bullied girl for starting it.

    "(Sharon) exchanged a couple of words with her," Chanon told the Boston Herald. "Phoebe was calling her names. They're teenagers. They call names."

    Chanon insisted her daughter never "physically assaulted" Phoebe, no matter what the District Attorney says.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...#ixzz0jlUFV9B1

    Perhaps someone might explain to Sharon's mother that unlike the scars from physical abuse, the wounds from verbal and mental abuse are not so quick to heal. Quite often this " exchange of words" ( as she put it) requires love, compassion, understanding and more often that not professional help to work through the more serious cases.

    Another sad note it appears that recently a group of parents joined together to form the South Hadley Anti Bullying Task force. This groups leader had a daughter that had recently dropped out of school because of the harassment, anyway, the leader was just killed in a motorcycle accident last week. Very sad but I hope that the other parents pull together and continue on for this much needed cause in their community.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ View Post
    I'm sure her parents never even considered the possibility that she would have killed herself. That really isn't the point. They WERE aware she was relentlessly tormented and abused and yet they continued to send her back for more. That's what I have a HUGE problem with.
    They were aware of the problems and continued to do what they could. It was over a short time frame of 3 months. The school suspended one student (the daughter of the woman who blames the victim). I will say that I would have done the exact same thing. Kept going regarding talking to my child and school administration.

    I do not understand the harsh judgment against parents who did do the best they could. Blows my mind.....
    "I went to the bank and asked to borrow a cup of money. They said, "What for?". I said, "I'm going to buy some sugar".


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    I was never bullied. Lucky, I guess. And I never bullied, either...but my eldest was bullied...because he was smart. Very smart. They called him the "mad scientist". He had little in common with those his age. At 8, he watched Nova, a science program, while classmates raved about the Simpson's. I complained...and went to the schools - we moved alot- I was told "Boys will be boys" by one principal. I kept telling my Son throughout High School, "Hang on...it'll all be better in University...there will be more people like you, smart will be cool then..." and I'd tell him, "Those "cool" kids will be working at McDonalds when you drive through in your BMW".

    He made it. He's graduating with a B.A. this year...and working toward a Master's in Computer Science and he has a great social life with smart, interesting friends.

    I'm so grateful...I just wish no child would have to experience such pain. That's why I'm here.
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    Justice for Phoebe's youtube channel...

    http://www.youtube.com/user/JusticeForPhoebe


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

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    "Somewhere in South Hadley, if Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth D. Scheibel is correct, there are adults, including school officials, whose cowardice was as much to blame for Phoebe Prince’s suicide as any adolescent cruelty.

    Once they became aware of what the heartless crowd was doing, they, too, had a role to play, either becoming a part of Phoebe’s solution, or one more part of her problem.

    According to this indignant DA, they chose the latter, deciding to look the other way, allowing the mob to run amok, mercilessly hounding this 15-year-old kid until the only escape she could imagine came at the end of a rope."
    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/col...icleid=1243545


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

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    Coming up on CNN, shortly...(11:57 est) a friend of Phoebe will be talking about why she was bullied...well, the excuses they used, at any rate...


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

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    Paladine-

    I just wanted to take a second to thank you for keeping Phoebe's case in the forefront.

    Sadly, your MLK quote applies to this situation perfectly.

    -Amanda


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    You know...I've been thinking. Once I put aside my anger at these kids, I feel an inkling of compassion. Why? Because these Student's NEEDED supervision. NEEDED boundaries. And the adults, by doing nothing, told them their actions WERE acceptable. Those officials failed the accused, as well, imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amandab View Post
    Paladine-

    I just wanted to take a second to thank you for keeping Phoebe's case in the forefront.

    Sadly, your MLK quote applies to this situation perfectly.

    -Amanda
    Thanks, Amanda And I thought the same thing about the quote, yesterday...sadly...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paladine View Post
    Coming up on CNN, shortly...(11:57 est) a friend of Phoebe will be talking about why she was bullied...well, the excuses they used, at any rate...
    On now....
    "I went to the bank and asked to borrow a cup of money. They said, "What for?". I said, "I'm going to buy some sugar".


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