A mother's farewell, forbidding vengeance
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“what does it all mean?”
Since: Apr 09
somewhere in Bavaria
#1 May 15, 2011
Sadly, it is hard to see any change in the way school administrators deal with bullies. It is always easier to blame the victim, especially if the victim is no longer here to speak for herself. Yet the suicide of Phoebe Prince speaks eloquently of the viciousness of young people who were never taught about compassion and decency, and of the cold indifference of people in authority who simply don't care.
Maybe some people have been moved to take steps against the problem of bullying, like the students mentioned in the article, but there are still plenty of new cases appearing all over the news and the Internet.
As for the two who apologized, it is a good first step, but the value of the apology will only be clear by what they do next. Will they change their lives for the better? Will they be more understanding and considerate of the feelings of others? If not, the apology is meaningless.
What is saddest of all is that the teachers and administrators who failed to instill proper values into their students are the same ones who say Phoebe brought it upon herself. For such people, much more than a few apologies is needed.
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