The lesson Phoebe Prince taught us: Words can kill
You proved to the "popular kids" you too could be like them — loved and needed.
Phoebe Prince had these emotions, too.
She was an instant hit with the South Hadley boys when she got to the school last September.
She began dating one of the school's football stars and no doubt felt she had carved a place for herself among the popular kids.
She had her brief moment in the spotlight until it turned nasty.
Then came the crying herself to sleep and the beating herself up internally.
And then came the end.
In recent weeks, reports surfaced that Phoebe and her family reported the bullying to school officials — they are denying any such knowledge.
The students responsible for the bullying have all been charged.
Her parents and siblings are trying to piece their lives back together.
A lot of lives have been torn apart by Phoebe’s death, some more than others. And several severe consequences will be doled out as time goes on. But one thing is for sure: Phoebe's death was a direct result of the impact hurtful and demeaning words can have on someone.
It’s time we taught our children the power and effect words can have, or there will countless more Phoebe-like suicides.
There is a lesson to be learned. Let's get teaching!