15 Year-old commits suicide due to relentless bullying

JTK By JTK, 31st Mar 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A young girl is now dead after taking her own life due to incessant bullying. Who is to blame?

Is this what has become normal?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100329/ap_on_re_us/us_school_bullying

15 year-old Phoebe Prince committed suicide on January 14, 2010 after months of incessant bullying. The young Irish immigrant apparently was ridiculed after a relationship with a young boy at her school. Nine of her peers are up on charges of everything from harassment to statutory rape.

The question now becomes: What is the root cause of this bullying? Is the neglect of adults to blame? Is this a trend or an isolated incident?

According to the above Yahoo article, the school's lawyer says that several teachers and students tried to report the bullying, but that the school's policies against such behavior were enforced inconsistently. This is a very preventable problem, if teachers would simply connect with their students, perhaps an understanding of these problems could help them to be identified earlier.

The children involved seem to be operating on public networking sites without any type of restriction. Parents, we understand the need to give your children some independence, but please keep some kind of watch on what they are posting! At the very least, educate them on the dangers of such sites, and the profound impact that words can have on others!

May Phoebe Prince's story and memory serve as a reminder to us all that our actions and words both speak loudly. What some see as "kids being kids" and just some harmless fun can soon cross the line into malicious verbal abuse with just a few clicks and keystrokes. With such a connected society, we need to take more care now than ever before to remember the Golden Rule:

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

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Cyber Bullying, Massachussetts, Phoebe Prince, Suicide

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