Case Study: Phoebe Prince

Title: Phoebe Prince, South Hadley High School’s ‘new girl,’ driven to suiced by teenage cyber bullies

Publication: NY Daily News

Author: Helen Kennedy

Summary: Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old new girl from Ireland, was bullied upon her arrival at the Massachusetts high school. She was tormented by a group of students the newspapers later dubbed the “Mean Girls.” Bullying at school followed her home via social networks including Facebook, Formspring and Twitter. She was also sent threatening text messages and called names such as “Irish slut” and “whore.” After an especially intense day of bullying, Prince hanged herself in a stairwell at her home.

Platforms: Text messaging, Twitter, Facebook, Formspring