Cyberspace, Bullying, and Suicide--Again
Written by
Madeline Smola
February 2010
Written by
Madeline Smola
February 2010
Phoebe Prince was a 15-year-old honor student originally from Ireland. She lived in South Hadley, Massachusetts with her family until she committed suicide two weeks ago. Her younger sister found her body hanging in a closet. I’m not trying to be eloquent, wax poetic, or paint a pretty picture. It’s ugly and it should sound that way. Phoebe was bullied to the grave and beyond. Phoebe was ridiculed and harassed because she had dated a senior football player. Apparently, a group of girls at South Hadley High decided to “put her in her place.” They taunted her in school. “Irish slut” was one of their hate-filled slurs. They attacked her through text messages and on Facebook. The day she died, she was walking home from school. As the bullies drove past her, they threw a can at her head. Her tormentors were evil enough to post, “We killed Phoebe Prince” online, the day after her death. This isn’t the first time that technology has given way to cyber-bullying. By now you should know the definition—cyber-bullying is cruelty to others by sending or posting harmful material using the internet or cell phone. It can occur at anytime and be spread instantly—far and wide. In 2002, a report released by investigators in the U.S. Secret Service, concluded that bullying played a significant role in many school shootings. As bullying and harassment awareness heightened, most state legislatures addressed the problem. For full article and Phoebe's photoclick here

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  • allyson lang

    What I need to know, and what I find terrifying, because it starts early. And even in kindergarten it must be stopped. Thanks.

  • Lisa Marie Brodsky

    That's so sad and disturbing and makes me sick. My stepdaughter, 11, gets bullied often at school. We try to combat it best we can and teach her how to stand up for herself. I only pray that it doesn't come to that one day. Thanks for spreading the awareness.