South Hadley School Committees respect for freedom of speech in question

Also read: Phoebe Prince had previous suicide attempt

Also read:Phoebe Prince’s suicide attempt doesn’t let her tormentors off the hook

The aunt of the Irish girl, Phoebe Prince, who committed suicide in January after she was bullied by school peers, told the Boston Herald on Wednesday that reading an article written by a local journalist and lawyer defending Prince's tormentors and reveling in her suicide attempts in the past has caused great upset to her family.

Eileen Moore, said "It (article) resurfaced everything. We relive it."

The lengthy article written by Emily Bazelon, attorney and editor at Slate.com, quoted two of the attorney's for the bullies and revels never before details of the investigation by the District Attorney's Office in South Hadley.

The premise of the article is to suggest Prince was an unstable Irish girl who came from Ireland with troubles who had attempted suicide in the past and the bullies being charged for causing her mental harm should not be made responsible.

She also goes into depth about the relationship Prince had with her tormentors up to her death and suggests in no uncertain terms that Prince upset a lot of her bullies by stealing their boyfriends.

“The uncomfortable fact that Phoebe helped set in motion the conflicts with other students that ended in them turning on her,” the article reads.

Said Moore: “When an adolescent makes a first suicide attempt, it knocks a family blindside. They need to know there’s somewhere to turn, so that hopefully after that first cry for help, there will never be a second attempt.”

Darby O’Brien, the whistle-blower on Prince's death, said such blame has been going on since the beginning. 

"Let’s further victimize the victim. As far as this whole troubled kid thing, well kids don’t commit suicide unless they’re troubled. This (bullying) just pushed her over the edge," said O'Brien.

Bazelon's report also states that Prince's parents were separated. "Not true," said O'Brien.

He said that Prince's father stayed behind in Ireland to sell the family home and planned to move to South Hadley to be with the rest of the family.

Luke Gelinas, who has been trying to hold the school responsible for Prince's death since the beginning, described the article on Slate as "egregious."

“It absolutely is re-victimizing the victim,” Gelinas said. “The only thing this story accomplishes is to reinforce the (accused bullies’) bad behavior.”
 

Also read: Phoebe Prince had previous suicide attempt

Also read:Phoebe Prince’s suicide attempt doesn’t let her tormentors off the hook