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From TheJournal.ie Massachusetts introduces day to highlight bullying in US schools US

Massachusetts introduces day to highlight bullying in US schools

As a part of a campaign to highlight bullying following high-profile death by suicide of Irish teenager Phoebe Prince in 2010, the State of Massachusetts will hold a No Name Calling Day on 25 January.

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Thursday Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Thursday

In tonight’s fix: Irish people’s biggest worry for 2012, a rise in the number of tourists visiting Ireland (finally!) – and time travel exists. Kind of.

From TheJournal.ie $225,000 settlement for Phoebe Prince's parents Phoebe Prince

$225,000 settlement for Phoebe Prince's parents

The parents of the Irish schoolgirl, who died by suicide after being bullied in school, settled the lawsuit with her school district in Massachusetts in November – but the amount has only just been revealed.

From TheJournal.ie Phoebe Prince "didn't stand a chance" after being bullied Phoebe Prince

Phoebe Prince "didn't stand a chance" after being bullied

The young Irish girl killed herself two years ago following prolonged bullying at the hands of fellow students at her school. Her mother spoke to Piers Morgan on CNN about her daughter.

From TheJournal.ie Two of Phoebe Prince accused plead guilty to harassment Phoebe Prince

Two of Phoebe Prince accused plead guilty to harassment

Two of the Massachusetts teenagers accused of bullying 15-year-old Irish transfer student Phoebe Prince, who took her own life last year, have pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal harassment.

From TheJournal.ie Teenagers accused over Phoebe Prince suicide prepared to strike plea deals: report Phoebe

Teenagers accused over Phoebe Prince suicide prepared to strike plea deals: report

Prosecutors in Massachusetts have indicated they expect “significant developments” in some of the cases arising from the Irish teenager’s suicide in early 2010.

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From TheJournal.ie Phoebe Prince family settles case against school, but investigation continues Phoebe Prince

Phoebe Prince family settles case against school, but investigation continues

South Hadley school officials still face federal investigation over their handling of the alleged bullying of Prince before her death.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Thursday 9 At 9

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Nine things you really, really need to know by 9am: support for Fianna Fail and Labour is down, while Fine Gael and Sinn Fein bounce; the European Court of Human Rights issues a ruling on Ireland’s abortion laws, and the shocking truth about the Rubberbandits.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Sunday 9 At 9

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From TheJournal.ie Teenagers in court on charges relating to Phoebe suicide Phoebe

Teenagers in court on charges relating to Phoebe suicide

Three of the girls accused of bullying Phoebe Prince to death appear in court.

From TheJournal.ie The Phoebe Prince Case Is Getting a New D.A. Phoebe Prince

The Phoebe Prince Case Is Getting a New D.A.

Journalist Emily Bazelon, who has controversially claimed that the case against the accused teenagers is not as straightforward as originally thought, reports on yesterday’s hearing – and the implications of the appointment of a new DA.

FAMILY FRIENDS OF Irish schoolgirl Phoebe Prince, who committed suicide in January, have reacted angrily to a piece posted online yesterday by Slate magazine.

The piece, entitled “Was Phoebe Prince Once a Bully?”, suggested that Price had bullied girls in the school she attended in Ireland before moving to the US with her family.

The article says:

In seventh grade in Ireland, she acted like a bully, not a victim. This doesn’t change the fact that Phoebe was later bullied herself, or that this bullying was wrong. But it does add yet another layer of complexity to her story, one that speaks to the universality and fluidity of kids’ bad behaviour.

Six high school students from the Massachusetts school Prince, 15, was attending have been arrested in connection with her death.

Family friend Darby O’Brien said he doesn’t see what Ireland has to do with the situation in South Hadley.

He suggested that the article is part of a ploy to poison potential jurors against the prosecution in the case against the students charged in the US.

A second friend told the Boston Herald that the Slate article’s author had crossed a line in her portrayal of the troubled teen:

This is just tabloid blogging. She’s doing it for her own fame and glory.

A pre-trial hearing for three of the teens charged in connection with Prince’s death is scheduled for 15 September.

THE IRISH GIRL WHO took her own life in January as a result of the bullying she was subjected to in Massachusetts was herself a perpetrator of significant online bullying while in school in Ireland, an article published in a US-based online magazine claims.

Six students of South Hadley High School have been arrested in connection with the suicide of Phoebe Prince (15), who had moved to the area with her mother and sister just four months previously.

Parents of some of her former classmates from Limerick have told journalist Emily Bazlebon that their daughters were subjected to significant cyberbullying from Prince in the months before she left Ireland – and believe her former school should have acted to prevent the self-harming that led to her suicide.

Phoebe had been cutting herself shortly after beginning second year in the Villiers boarding school outside Limerick, a problem her mother attributed to trouble she was having with other girls about a boy she was seeing.

When Slate.com spoke to Villiers about the self-harming, principal Thomas Hardy said the school would not have been aware of any self-harm issues.

The parents of other girls involved in the romantic drama have insisted the school would have known about the issue, however, as it had investigated Prince and two other students over a Bebo profile they set up to abuse a former friend involved in the romance.

The girl, a former friend who had dated a boy Phoebe liked and whose father is Asian, was constantly slagged as a “Paki whore” – an eerie symmetry to the “Irish whore” taunts to which Prince was subjected after moving to Massachusetts – taunts over which her six classmates are now facing criminal investigation.

She had also used the site to communicate with the other girls behind the fake profile using her own account, and had written:

haha GUESS WHAT [student's name] PAKITHINGY BLOCKED ME ON BEBO!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! HOW FUNI IS DAT!!!

‘Chicken fillets’

Prince admitted at the time to posting a picture of chicken fillets – implying that the student had a smaller-than-average bust – on the profile, which had led to the student experiencing further bullying at the school, but insisted that that contribution was her only one to the page.

She had expressed sincere apology for her role in the bullying, however, and the victim’s mother – despite having reported the bullying to the Department of Education and having withdrawn her daughter from the school as a result – maintains that Phoebe was, at heart, a good child.

The site asks, however, whether Prince’s self-harming could have been addressed during her time in Villiers, and if so whether she may have been better equipped to deal with the abuse she in turn received at South Hadley High that led her to end her life. The article states that Prince’s parents are understood to share the same view.