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Phoebe Prince Did Not Deserve To Die

30 Mar

Some of the South Hadley, MA students charged in the Phoebe Prince bullying case. Clockwise from top left, Sharon Chanon Velazquez, Sean Mulveyhill, Kayla Narey, Ashley Longe and Austin Renaud.

First of all, before I begin my post, I’d just like to say that the Children and Young Persons Act of 1939 ain’t got SHIT on me! Suck it. This is to clarify a law in England and Wales (where I am residing at the moment) that doesn’t allow the identification of juvenile defendants, including photographs. The incident that I’m about to go into some detail happened in Massachusetts, USA, so I can’t be done for, but British newspapers reporting are too pussy to identify these defendants.

Phoebe Prince did not deserve to die. In fact, like all young people, she deserved a chance to make herself achieve all that is possible for her. Instead, as an immigrant from Ireland to the United States, she got caught in the culture shock of cliques and the hierarchy that would not accept her as a human being.

Phoebe Prince, 15, killed herself in January after months of abuse from her peers which did not end until she died.

Instead of fulfilling a normal four years of high school, they gave her a reason not to live. The ongoing torment of ruthless name-calling and a never-ending slew of attacks in the school and on the Internet gave Phoebe a reason that this will never, ever end. She ended her life on January 14, hanging herself at home after a day of non-stop attacks where she was attacked in the library, the cafeteria and on the walk home.

The worst part: The school knew all along that the Irish girl endured this horrendous torment from her peers.

Now nine students are charged in this bullying case, ranging from statutory rape to violating her civil rights. While the motives for those who tormented Phoebe to her death are not clear, the accounts that she was called an “Irish slut” and the attacks in school under the watch of school administrators, who did nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Phoebe was denied that right to live from her peers and intervention from counselors would not stop those sick, demented human beings from making her life, or any other person’s life miserable. It’s one thing to call someone a disparaging name once, but to subject them through an ongoing gauntlet of attacks and harassment is not just school bullying as usual. It’s torture.

Granted, some will argue that the charges are too harsh and it’s just a really bad case of “boys will be boys.” Others may say that Phoebe has problems of her own and some information could surface as the investigation continues to state that case. How does that justify what she’s been through?

As a person who has been bullied intermittently up to high school, it’s hard to knew when the gauntlet will never end. I’m just lucky that I haven’t been driven to ultimate despair, but I really feel for the many kids who are unfortunate and I don’t blame them for thinking that way. However, it is important we make every effort to stamp out bullying to ensure that if cases like this happen, it should not fall on deaf ears.

We can all hope those who led Phoebe to her death will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Like Sheppard Smith said, “WE ARE AMERICA! WE DO NOT FUCKING TORTURE!” This should also apply not only in combat, but also in the classrooms.

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