Monday, April 26, 2010

You know what really pisses me off...

...about this story? Well, read it first.

U.S. teenagers charged over suicide of Irish 'new girl' targeted in 'relentless' school bullying campaign

Nine U.S. teenagers have been charged with driving a 15-year-old 'new girl' from Ireland to kill herself, it has been revealed. Phoebe Prince faced an 'unrelenting' bullying campaign from fellow pupils after she started school in the Massachusetts town of South Hadley last year. The teenager, who had emigrated to the U.S. from County Clare with her mother and three sisters, was stalked and harassed from September until she killed herself on January 14. Pheobe was found hanging by her younger sister in a stairwell at the family home. She was still wearing her school clothes.

The 15-year-old was allegedly targeted by a group known as the 'Mean Girls' after she started dating a popular senior football player at her school. Pupils said Phoebe was called 'Irish slut' and 'whore' on Twitter, Craigslist, Facebook and Formspring. Her books were knocked out of her hands, items were flung at her, her face was scribbled out of photographs on the school walls, and threatening text messages were sent to her cell phone.

Announcing the charges, prosecutor Elizabeth Scheibel said: 'Their conduct far exceeded the limits of normal teenage relationship-related quarrels. 'The investigation revealed relentless activities directed towards Phoebe to make it impossible for her to stay at school. The bullying for her was intolerable. 'The actions of these students were primarily conducted on school grounds during school hours and while school was in session.' Mrs Scheibel revealed the Phoebe had suffered a 'tortuous' day when she decided to take her own life. She added: 'From information known to investigators thus far, it appears that Phoebe's death on January 14 followed a tortuous day for her, in which she was subjected to verbal harassment and threatened physical abuse. 'The harassment occurred while she studied in the school's library around lunch period, walked in the school's hallways near the end of the school day and after school, as she walked toward her home.' She added that numerous faculty members, staff members and administrators at South Hadley High School were aware of the bullying - some even witnessed physical abuse - and did nothing.

Ok, beyond the obvious need to take the nine utterly worthless excuses for human beings that tormented the poor girl and remove them from the planet, there is so much more about this story that pisses me off, and so many more people than the nine defendants who need to pay for this crime. 

The story showed an inspiring photo of a candlelight vigil of students at her school, showing how much they cared, and how much they miss their dear Phoebe. WHERE THE FUCK WERE YOU WHEN SHE WAS GETTING BULLIED EVERY FRIGGING DAY IN FRONT OF YOUR NOSES? Laughing nervously or moving off would be my bet. Cowardly hypocrites, every friggin' one of you. You let her die just as much as if you stood on the dock watching her drown. Go ahead, tack every cute fluffy teddy bear on Earth to her fence, it won't ever make up for letting her be bullied to death. You'd better not call yourselves Americans in my hearing, because Americans don't allow bullying of the weak, you cowards.

And how can it be possible that "numerous faculty members, staff members and administrators at South Hadley High School were aware of the bullying - some even witnessed physical abuse - and did nothing"? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? And if it is true that staff did nothing, how can they retain their jobs while at the same time the school asks parents to believe that their children are kept safe at Hadley School? Someone from Hadley School wanna explain THAT one to me?

Here's the part that really, really makes me think that someone should bulldoze that school, and the town it sits in, and probably the state as well, and if they need a driver, let me be the first to apply: 

"Mrs Scheibel said the investigation looked at whether the adults' failure to help Phoebe amounted to criminal behavior. 'In our opinion, it did not,' she said. 'Nevertheless, the actions - or inactions - of some adults at the school are troublesome.' An anti-bullying expert has said anti-bullying policies at Phoebe's school were not rigorous enough.

"Not criminal"? Doesn't Massachusetts have a "Good Samaritan" law that requires you to help? They put Seinfeld away with it in the last episode, didn't they? And "Troublesome"? Excuse me? You find it "troublesome" that supposed "educators" stood around doing nothing while they watched a girl be tormented into suicide? What is that, British understatement? It's a hell of lot more than "troublesome" to me, and I don't even have kids! DO NOT PROTECT THOSE CRIMINAL STAFF MEMBERS WHO ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN!

"Anti-bullying policies at Phoebe's school were not rigorous enough". And "But Marlene Snyder of Clemson University's Institute on Family and Neighbourhood Life said laws and policies don't necessarily help if schools don't follow through with intensive training for teachers and staff. 'In defence of teachers, very few of them have ever had training on bullying prevention, much less how to intervene without making the situation worse,' she said. 'Some people don't understand the dramatic and devastating effect that this kind of treatment can have on a child.'"

You've got to be shitting me. Not enough training? Ummm, does the fucking word COLUMBINE ring any bells with you so-called "teachers"? Do you really, really, really need to write down in the fucking school handbook that it's not permissible to knock people's books out of their hands, threaten and beat on them all day, call them "Irish slut", and follow them home? Really? Do you fucking so-called progressive, enlightened "teachers" REALLY need someone to tell you to step in and stop a fight before someone dies? Bulldoze the whole state. I'm serious.

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