Thursday, April 1, 2010


I've been reading about this case in South Hadley, MA where a girl was basically "bullied to death." Apparently, she came over from Ireland and aroused the ire of her classmates when she dated a football star. From then on, it was all downhill. Her classmates reportedly called her an "Irish slut" and a "whore." Finally, on her last day, she was harassed during school, and on her way home, had a container of Red Bull hurled at her.

This poor girl walked into her house and committed suicide.

And, as if things weren't bad enough, her tormentors attacked her on a Facebook page created as a memorial. This is a little more than just juvenile bullying, this brings a sociopathic element to the situation. There is something seriously wrong with these kids, something that I really don't think can be fixed. Not only did they not feel the slightest bit badly for their actions, they had the nerve to insult the deceased. They have demonstrated a complete lack of empathy, something which reflects both character traits and upbringing.

And one of the parents actually is blaming the victim. This was even more shocking; I cannot imagine feeling anything but shame and embarrassment in her situation.

May Phoebe Prince rest in peace.