Yesterday marked the first anniversary of the tragic death of Phoebe Prince.
The Clare teenager was the victim of a relentless bullying campaign at the hands of her fellow South Hadley students before she took her own life on January 14, 2010. She had emigrated to the U.S. with her family from Ireland to start a new life in Massachusetts.
“I and my family are going to have a quiet, reflective time,” Eileen Moore, Phoebe’s aunt, who is based in Springfield told the Boston Herald.
“It’s a tough time,” she admitted.
The sad anniversary is marked by the district attorney’s review of the criminal cases of the six teens who have been accused of the alleged torment which led to her death.
David Sullivan, who was recently sworn in as the Northwestern district attorney, said that the case is proceeding.
“We will move forward with the prosecution of these cases after a full review of the evidence and the law,” Sullivan said in a statement.
In remembrance of the teen, a “Shine Your Light” gathering was organized by a new public service group at the Town Common.
However, according to one Prince family member, little has changed.
“I think that a lot of people, especially the local media, have convinced people that change has happened and the school system is moving in the right direction, and it’s not,” Darby O’Brien told the Boston Herald.
“You got these kids who are being held responsible over the loss of Phoebe Prince and the adults continue to skate. And that’s not right.”