It is scary to think about how vulnerable our teens are. Was there no way to save Phoebe Prince or Denise Cotteta?
Sometimes I think about my children and their Facebook pages they love so much.
The comments must have been awful.
My heart goes out to the families and friends of Phoebe Prince.
The issue of Internet bullying and harassment has been in the news statewide. The Senate this month approved a bill supported by Gov. Deval Patrick that would require schools to include an anti-bullying curriculum.
Like other schools, Southeastern has had problems with students fighting at school because of remarks posted on Facebook.
The messages, comments and posts left in Phoebe Prince's facebook page have been erased by the authorities.
Legally, cyberbullying is not treated as an accessory to murder or manslaughter in case of suicide.
All we really know is: cyberbullying doesn’t help. And we know that for the most part parents, stuck in a generation gap where back in their day bullying required face-to-face contact, aren’t taking it seriously.
Prince, a recent immigrant from Ireland, started school here in September. Right from the start, she was the victim of bullies, first in person and then electronically. Why was Prince the victim of such merciless harassment? No one knows for sure, but the breaking point was reached after her relationship with a popular boy ended badly.
It’s very likely, however, that Phoebe's bullies knew something more about her than the fact that she was a pretty girl. They may have intuited that she was more sensitive than they were or that her sense of self had yet to fully develop.
More than 40 states have anti-bullying laws that generally require schools to adopt a set of preventive policies.
So there, Facebook comments and messages can be very dangerous now.