I never blamed Pheobe for being bullied. I said that she is at fault for not TALKING to her parents or counselors. For NOT TAKING ACTION. Its the equivalent of standing in a whole while people dig a grave out of it, and then bury you, which is EXACTLY what happened to Phoebe, quite literally.
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Unveiling the indictments, Scheibel said numerous faculty members, staff members and administrators at South Hadley High School were aware of the bullying - some even witnessed physical abuse - and did nothing.
Read more: Phoebe Prince, South Hadley High School's 'new girl,' driven to suicide by teenage cyber bullies
A boy moves to California from massachusetts. The kids don't like his accent, so they bully him. He is a little hurt by it, especially being new to the school, but he doesn't let it bother him. He asks a cute girl to a dance, and she rejects him. Hes saddened by this, but its not the end of the world. Kids start making fun of him for that, but he continues to ignore them. The kids go on facebook and bully them their. He puts them onto an ignore list. He then talks to his parents and counselors telling them he is being bullied. They talk to the bullies, and give proper punishments.
Compare that whole thing to what happened to poor Phoebe. Even if she had difficulties ignoring the bullies, it would have been as easy as going to the bathroom to walk into the counselors office and say "I am Being Bullied." Why suffer if it could be easily preventable?
These kids knew what they were doing was wrong and damaging. If an adult had thrown a can of Red Bull at another adult, they would be arrested for assault. If an adult verbally attacked another adult, they could be sued/arrested for slander. Why should these "almost adults" be punished any less.
Phoebe did nothing more than go out with a popular boy. Is that a reason to attack her mentally and physically so much that she is driven to suicide? I don't care if she made the choice to hang herself or not, her peers drove her to it with their visciousness. They pretty much tied the noose for her.