Two and a half months after the suicide of young Irish girl Phoebe Prince, the District Attorney's office in South Hadley has concluded its criminal investigation and will announce its findings today (Monday.)
It is believed Prince took her own life (she was found hanging in her room in South Hadley home in January by her younger sister) after a tirade of bullying from a group of girls at school and via cyberspace, mainly through Facebook and text messages.
Neighbors are seeking justice.
“There needs to be some punishment for those kids (who bullied Prince). They need to be held accountable,” said Jeannine O'Brien, a South Hadley mother.
Mitch Brouillard, another South Hadley parent echoed that theme.
“If nothing is done, nothing will change. Everybody is crying out for justice and resolution.”
Sometime alter today, Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth D. Scheibel, is expected to announce their findings into the probe of Prince's death.
“Everybody in town has been focused on this,” said Robert G. Judge, a South Hadley selectman and a member of the town’s anti-bullying task force, set up in the wake of Princes' suicide.
“And everybody knows about the anxiety of parents of students and teachers in the schools. Frankly, the stress upon students themselves has been in some ways as great.”
“I pray there’s justice for Phoebe Prince,” said Donna Tower of South Hadley.
“But there’s a great deal of frustration among the people in South Hadley. A lot of people - including teenagers - think nothing is going to happen.”
A few weeks ago lawmakers in Massachusetts passed an anti-bullying law.
Prince, from Co. Clare in Ireland, had only been living in South Hadley for six months. She moved there with her family in the summer and began in South Hadley High School last September.