Mass. High School Girl Commits Suicide after being Cyber-Bullied
As police began investigating whether cyber bullying was to blame for the suicide last week of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, who recently emigrated from Ireland; disparaging remarks were posted by classmates to a Facebook page created in her memory.
Prince died on January 14 after being picked on and taunted since moving to Massachusetts last fall, according to MyFoxBoston.com. Phoebe was a fhigh school freshman.
South Hadley High principal Daniel Smith sent a letter to parents of students at the school. He wrote Prince was, “smart, charming, and as is the case with many teenagers, complicated . . . We will never know the specific reasons why she chose to take her life,” Boston.com reported.
Bullies at school used text messages and social networks like Facebook to taunt Prince.
In the letter to parents, dated Jan. 20, Smith addressed the disagreements: “These disagreements centered on relationship/dating issues. School personnel immediately intervened . . . and both counseled and provided consequences as the situations required. It is what happened after those incidents were over that is cause for significant concern.’’
Following Phoebe’s death, the bullies posted disparaging remarks on her Facebook memorial page.
Local police and the Northwestern District Attorney are investigating.