Friday, September 3, 2010

Cyberbullying Suicider Had Ordinary Mental Health Problems

As usual, the self-dealing prosecutor compound the tragedy with their own publicity seeking agenda. These prosecutors should be prosecuted themselves. And I hope they are after the case is over.

"In January, 15-year-old Phoebe Prince killed herself after being bullied at South Hadley High School in Massachusetts. Six students have been criminally charged in connection with her death; their cases go to court in September. Last month, I wrote a long article explaining why the story of Phoebe's death is more complicated than the narrative that had taken hold in the media—that Phoebe had been tortured for months by a pack of mean girls. I argued that the serious and unusual felony charges brought against the six teens represent prosecutorial overreach, given that Phoebe had mental health troubles before the bullying began, that she was caught up in conflicts that other South Hadley kids saw as "normal girl drama," and that the bullying, while wrong, was not the "relentless" three-month campaign the district attorney described."

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