We all undoubtedly remember the tragic bullying death of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince last year. Prince killed herself in January 2010 after students at South Hadley High School in Massachusetts mercilessly tormented her for months. Six students were charged in her death and have still not yet faced trial a year later.
The Boston Herald reported on Friday that Prince’s family feel – despite the anti-bullying legislation passed in Massachusetts last Spring – very little has changed about the climate at South Hadley. They quoted a Prince family friend, Darby O’Brien, as saying, “I think that a lot of people, especially the local media, have convinced people that change has happened and the school system is moving in the right direction, and it’s not.” O’Brien continued, “You got these kids who are being held responsible over the loss of Phoebe Prince and the adults continue to skate. And that’s not right.”
Based on a recent accusations of bullying made by another female student at South Hadley, it looks like O’Brien is on to something. 16-year-old sophomore Payton Spinney complained that her classmates have called her “Satan” and cursed at her in the halls. Spinney’s mother has called the school about the problem four times, yet nothing has been done to help Spinney, who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s. Not surprisingly, South Hadley High School officials “dispute the family’s claims.”
Here’s the report from MSNBC:
Source: Boston Herald