Was Phoebe Prince once a bully?
Read the rest of Emily Bazelon's series on cyberbullying . Phoebe Prince on the social network site Bebo In January, 15-year-old Phoebe Prince killed herself after being bullied at South Hadley High School in Massachusetts.
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Since: Feb 08
#1 Aug 17, 2010
we will never know. she is not here to defend herself
#2 Aug 22, 2010
Emily Bazelon of Slate magazine has her own agenda here: writing a book about Phoebe Prince/South Hadley will give her exposure, profit and the chance to launch herself into better journalistic opportunities.
Accuracy comes in far below these priorities, hence her sloppy reporting, vagueness about motives, and her general claims to "want to understand" what occurred. She even leaves out one of the schools that Prince attended, and relies on anonymous witnesses who claims can't be validated. Hey, the idiots at NBC even gave her air time, despite her being a poor researcher of the truth, a not-so-good reporter, and only wants snippets that support her position.
Phoebe Prince apparently was involved in a bullying incident when she was 12, that involved a group of girls. She was confronted for her actions and apologized, and was held responsible for her behavior in that circumstance. She was also the target of anti-anglo bullying from some Irish students (Prince was not Irish). The fact that she was bullied does not excuse her actions in that circumstance.
However, this is in no way excuses the actions of Narey, Mullins, Longe, Velazquez and Mulveyhill, who would have had no knowledge of these prior incidents. Their stalking of Prince developed from Narey's anger of Mulveyhill cheating on her with Prince, and Mulveyhill covering his own ass by bullying Prince as well (blocking her escape from the library when the girls were harassing her). This went beyond taunts into physical assaults.
To make claims that Prince's prior behaviors at other schools (being bullied, bullying, and the unethical release of mental health information by Emily Bazelon) played a role in her being stalked and assaulted by students of SHHS is the most absurd and ridiculous of arguments. These students are clearly responsible for their repeated stalking and harassment, regardless of the victim's background.
Since: Dec 08
#3 Aug 23, 2010
I watched Emily's vlog if they press charges on the school nurse, I give it and her some respect, if they don't it was just an attack job by the defence team, and really. How do we know they do not enjoy abusing people?
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