Plea deal in South Hadley school bull...

Plea deal in South Hadley school bullying case

There are 6 comments on the CapeCodOnline.com story from Apr 26, 2011, titled Plea deal in South Hadley school bullying case. In it, CapeCodOnline.com reports that:

One of six teens charged in a notorious bullying case has struck a plea agreement with prosecutors in western Massachusetts.

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Rocco

Schenectady, NY

#1 Apr 29, 2011
what a joke! Vote the Judge out!

“what does it all mean?”

Since: Apr 09

somewhere in Bavaria

#2 Apr 30, 2011
Rocco wrote:
what a joke! Vote the Judge out!
This is the way it usually goes. First there is public outrage, and felony charges are filed. Then about a year later, the outrage fades, and people turn to other things. Now, when the simple-minded people are distracted with trivial pursuits like royal weddings, the case is quietly dropped. We wait in vain for public outrage to translate into anything more substantial. Decent people will get no help from the courts.
I suggest teaching the kids martial arts, but especially tai chi. The deep, meditative practice of tai chi teaches more than fighting skills, it teaches tranquillity and a sense of self-worth that makes you impervious to the taunts and insults of bullies. The art of fighting without fighting wins more battles than any weapon, and keeps the lawyers away. And of course when you are forced to defend yourself against violence, you will be ready.
EYE FOR AN EYE

Greenville, SC

#3 May 4, 2011
What does a first degree murderer get up there in
South Hadley....2 years probation and 200 hours
community service.
These taunting,bullying, morons caused a girl to commit suicide and they get a slap on the hand.
They should have gotten a minimum of 5 years in
prison and forget the stupid community service.
Let one of her freiends give them a good beating once a month during their prison time.
There is no justice for this girl.
SHE'S DEAD....THEY'RE ALIVE !!
pathetic.
Vivian

United States

#4 May 8, 2011
I think that if the ones being bullied aren't going to do anything to protect themselves, others need to start stepping up and defending them. Afterall, istn't that what our military is doing? We don't have to join the military to fight for what is right and bullying is just gotten out of hand. Someone needs to take care of the ones being bullied. Be assured, if I see someone being bullied, I won't stand by and let it happen, I WILL STEP UP!

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#5 May 11, 2011
First, no one causes another to commit suicide. People have been bullied since the beginning of time. While you might consider it an injustice it is life. There were fifty other people she could have talked to and fifty other ways she could have handled it. She chose to kill herself. I suspect that there are hundreds of other kids who have been bullied and they didn't kill themselves. I know as a youngster I was bullied, I didn't kill myself. If anything it made me stronger, smarter. Did she even attempt to talk to school, mom, dad, anyone else in authority? Feel sorry that someone decided to end their life too soon. Don't try to blame it on bully's. Bully's learn not to bully when the person being bullied fights back, not when someone else fights for them. Worked for me, and worked for my son.

And shouldn't the charge have been called "felony bullying"? Or did that sound too stupid to use in court so they attempted a manslaughter charge instead. Laughable.

“what does it all mean?”

Since: Apr 09

somewhere in Bavaria

#6 May 12, 2011
WTH-the-original wrote:
First, no one causes another to commit suicide. People have been bullied since the beginning of time. While you might consider it an injustice it is life. There were fifty other people she could have talked to and fifty other ways she could have handled it. She chose to kill herself. I suspect that there are hundreds of other kids who have been bullied and they didn't kill themselves. I know as a youngster I was bullied, I didn't kill myself. If anything it made me stronger, smarter. Did she even attempt to talk to school, mom, dad, anyone else in authority? Feel sorry that someone decided to end their life too soon. Don't try to blame it on bully's. Bully's learn not to bully when the person being bullied fights back, not when someone else fights for them. Worked for me, and worked for my son.
And shouldn't the charge have been called "felony bullying"? Or did that sound too stupid to use in court so they attempted a manslaughter charge instead. Laughable.
First of all, we have to understand that bullies have changed since the 1950s when I was young. In those days, fights usually ended without much damage, and even the bully adhered to a code of conduct that said the fight was over when one participant admitted defeat. Not any more. Today fights are much more brutal, and often do not end until someone is severely hurt, or dead. Bullies often travel in groups, and aim to inflict severe damage, including, often, the psychological pain of having it videotaped and put on the Internet. It seems people have become more vicious, less concerned with others' rights, and that change reflects in the greater severity of bullying.
Also, I think people who remember the "good old days" underestimate the psychological effect of cyberbullying, which adds a new dimension to the problem. The bullying does not stop at the victim's door, but continues on the Internet, on social networks. Unlike the lone bullies of the old days, who were usually social misfits, today's bullies are often the popular kids, and they are well organized, and know how to use the power of modern communications, especially the Internet, to further torment their victim. The fact that the legal profession has not caught up with the realities of cyberbullying means that the bullies often go unpunished, because their actions are not cover by existing laws. This remains true even though there have been many anti-bullying laws passed recently. Yes, when the law catches up with the problem, we will see "felony bullying" will be dealt with, and that will be an improvement, and there is nothing "laughable" about it.
As in the Prince case, the bullies are often affluent, and can afford legal representation that will allow them to avoid penalties for their actions. That's why school officials are reluctant to address the problem, they don't want to get sued by the bullies' parents.
Yes, the bullies are responsible for the death of Ms. Prince, even if they did not push her. They surely knew that this was a troubled person, one whom they sensed was vulnerable to their abuse, and they succeeded in pushing her to suicide. Remember the attacks continued on the Internet after she killed herself, and the bullies expressed their satisfaction with her suicide by writing "mission accomplished."
This poor girl felt she had no one to turn to, her attempts to get help from school administrators were of no avail, and she felt helpless and abandoned by the world, and was susceptible to the suggestions of the evil monsters who told her the world would be better off without her. There are many people who are tough enough to withstand such verbal abuse, but many are not. Perhaps you agree with the bullies, popular, affluent, and remorseless, who felt the world would be better off without such an overly sensitive, vulnerable person like Phoebe Prince. And that is sad.

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