Could Teachers Have Saved Her?

Last week Massachusetts made headlines all over the country when six students were charged with felonies after Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old that had attended the same high school as the accused, hung herself after she had been relentlessly bullied by the six charged. Now the details of Prince’s last few days have come into play.

According to the New York Times article, “Documents Detail a Girl’s Final Days of Bullying,” these documents “describe evidence suggesting that some teachers and administrators had known for weeks about the harassment but failed to stop it, a contention that school officials have disputed.”

The article goes on to talk about how teachers had witnessed some of the bullying, as had other students, and how one of the accused had only been suspended for a day after a teacher had seen her bring Prince to tries and verbally threaten her.

What doesn’t make sense to me is why didn’t they try to stop it? If they had seen what had been going on why just ignore it? A girl’s life could have been saved if administrators had actually taken into account what was happening to Prince by her fellow students.

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