Nine high school students in Massachusetts are being charged in connection to the suicide of 15 year-old Phoebe Prince. Apparently, their constant…

Nine high school students in Massachusetts are being charged in connection to the suicide of 15 year-old Phoebe Prince. Apparently, their constant bullying of Prince is what provoked her to commit suicide earlier this year. With a young girl now dead and nine students facing serious charges the question everyone is asking is, how could this have been prevented? Bullying is a problem in every school across the country, but the extent of the bullying and the degree in which the school administration gets involved varies. The bullying in this case can only be described as extreme because it had such horrific consequences, but that does not mean that thousands of children are not experiencing the exact same acts of bullying elsewhere. The high school Prince attended is taking some serious heat for allowing such persistent bullying to occur on school grounds, but are they to blame for this death? Many students that witness or are bullied may be too peer pressured or scared to ask school officials for help. Teachers cannot be everywhere to monitor the students’ activities outside the classroom, but if they witness or suspect bullying, they should intervene. Bullying is a problem with serious consequences so enough of that “growing pains” philosophy most adults seem to have, it is time to be proactive with school administration and teach children that it is not appropriate with a new approach.

– Ruben

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