Bullied Girl Asked School for Help Before Suicide

Phoebe Prince said administrators didn't plan to intervene
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2010 5:06 PM CDT
Bullied Girl Asked School for Help Before Suicide
Judge Judd J. Carhart, presides in Hampshire Superior Court over the arraignment of three Massachusetts teenagers, Tuesday, April 6, 2010, in Northampton, Mass.   (AP Photo/Carol Lollis, Pool)

Phoebe Prince, desperate to escape the bullies who tormented her daily, went to administrators at her high school for help—and was turned away. Prince told officials she was "scared and wanted to go home" because of a relentless campaign of bullying and beatings by schoolmates, the Boston Globe reports. She told a witness school authorities said they would do nothing and that "she was still going to get beat up."

South Hadley High School administrators have insisted they didn't know about Prince's ordeal until a week before her death, but prosecutors laying out the case against three of her alleged tormentors painted a far different picture. The sophomore, a transfer student from Ireland, was reduced to tears in Latin class and told a friend that school had "been close to intolerable lately."
(Read more Phoebe Prince stories.)

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