An anti-bullying expert, Barbara Coloroso, will speak at South Hadley Town Hall tonight (Tuesday, October 26) in the wake of the suicide of Irish girl Phoebe Prince, 15, who attended the school last January.
Coloroso, who has given courses to the school's faculty members in the past, was invited to speak at the school by an anti-bullying task-force, Stand Up for Change.
The group was established after Phoebe's suicide 10 months ago.
Phoebe's aunt, Eileen Moore, and family friend Darby O'Brien are on the committee.
Coloroso is an internationally recognized parenting expert and author of four best selling parental advice books: Kids are worth it; Parenting Through Crisis, Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief, and Inner Discipline; The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander; Just Because it’s not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right.
Coloroso has been very vocal in the past about Phoebe's death and how previous anti-bullying training she provided was never implemented.
She was hired by the South Hadley High School in September 2009 to address the issue of bullying.
Six teenagers have been charged with bullying Phoebe leading to her suicide.
Police investigators say the Co. Clare native was relentlessly bullied for several months before her death.
Coloroso’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Worcester law firm of Abigail Williams & Associates and Stand Up for a Change.
South Hadley High School has invited the author of the book Queen Bees and Wannabes (later made into the move Mean Girls), Rosalind Wiseman, to speak with them.
Wiseman will visit on November 2.