Adults Failed Bully Victim Phoebe Prince

They all looked the other way before and after suicide
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2010 3:38 PM CDT
A screen grab of Phoebe Prince from YouTube.   (

(Newser) – The Boston teenagers accused of bullying fellow student Phoebe Prince into suicide may get their comeuppance in court. But what about the grownups, wonders Kevin Cullen. Those supposedly-in-charge folks who did nothing to help a girl in trouble and then adopted a "look-the-other-way, kids-will-be-kids culture" after she killed herself.

"Whatever we expect students to do in these situations, there were adults at the high school who didn’t intervene when they could have, adults who didn’t protect Phoebe after Anne Prince told them her daughter was being tormented," writes Cullen at the Boston Globe. The DA didn't think their inaction amounted to criminal behavior. "But it didn't save Phoebe, either."

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