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    • Her principal called her smart and charming. And a boy had just invited 15-year-old Irish immigrant Phoebe Prince to the winter cotillion, the height of the social season at South Hadley High School in Massachusetts. But then police received a call.

    • police say she was a victim of cyber-bullying from girls at the school who had an unspecified beef with her over who she was dating.

    • Phoebe apparently faced an onslaught of bullying via texts, Facebook messages, and in person at the school.

    • “Apparently the young woman had been subjected to taunting from her classmates, mostly through the Facebook and text messages, but also in person on at least a couple of occasions,” school superintendent Gus Sayer told the Boston Globe.

    • Anne O’Brien Prince and Jeremy Prince had moved from County Clare to Massachusetts with their five kids last year. In Phoebe’s death notice, they said they moved in part so “Phoebe could experience America.”

      America, it seems, did not give her a very kind welcome.

    • South Hadley officials faced a blistering attack last night for their failure to do anything about chronic bullying.

      Parents recounted numerous incidents of kids being hounded and harassed, sometimes over multiple-year periods. One man told of how his son was punched in the stomach for befriending another bullied kid. A mom spoke of how her son was punched and had his face written on with magic marker.

      Other parents talked about how they were beat up in school in the ’90s. And most seemed to think administrators turned a blind eye to it all. Father Larry Bay said his daughter was bullied last year, but the school did nothing to stop it.

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