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March 30th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Nine students arrested for teen's suicide

(CNN) – Nine high school students in western Massachusetts are facing criminal charges for allegedly bullying a 15-year-old classmate so relentlessly she committed suicide.

Prosecutors say plenty of people at the school failed to speak up until it was too late. Our Alina Cho reports on what appears to be another tragic case of bullying where too many people decided to look the other way.

Read more: Teens indicted in alleged bullying death

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  1. nightshade

    Not so Melon. It would not have happened 70 years ago, and for a very good reason. Parents cared about how the world saw their children. It was important that their children be accepted by society, and the parental attitude was not one that allowed or encouraged children to think that the world revolved around them. Parents knew that while indeed their offspring were special to them, the rest of the world would not see them that way, and it was important that their children learn to live in the rest of the world.

    Ever hear of a little thing called "civics class"? They did 70 years ago. It was a class where every student learned how to be a good citizen and taught how to get along with other members of their communties as well as the rest of the world.

    Paying teachers better so that you can get someone to be responsible doesn't teach children to be better human beings, nor does it make the parents teach them to be better human beings. A teachers job is to teach, a parents job is to teach their children to be decent human beings.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  2. Adam Henderson

    I'm sickened by this. Every young one involved is just not mature enough to know what they were doing! Parents of the bullies and even the victim are responsible! And I believe we should pay school faculty better so we can get more responsible people in these positions.

    March 31, 2010 at 6:36 am |
  3. Steve

    This kind of stuff escalates. It is NOT a "just happened that day" kind of thing.I know! I am presently 50+yrs old. I went through the same kind of thing from 6ht 11th grade. It has to be nipped in the bud. Rules need to be made about teasing PERIOD!. I was lucky I never "went off". A Little bit of teasing is one thing, but when it becomes continuous and it becomes tormenting especially when the subject isn't allowed to react in a way that may put a stop to it. Yeah the teachers have favorites and will only kick out the one they dont like. in self defence I wooped a boy I was the one who got kicked out he was very physical and there was nowhere for me to go. I'd thought of quiting also... you know when everyday becomes a battle... what's the use of going or even being there or anywhere for that matter......

    March 30, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  4. Melon

    My question is,,,, was this was all brought out BEFORE the child killed herself or did it just become a big deal AFTER she committed suicide? Why weren't those boys charged with statutory rape BEFORE? How much was this crime even reported BEFORE the tragedy took place?

    I would rather have all the facts surrounding this before lumping to conclusions. In this day and age there are cases upon cases of Political Correctness run amok.

    To NightShade .. 70 years ago the bullying would have happened but the adults would have denied bullying even existed.

    March 30, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  5. nightshade

    What a pity that this family had to come to this contry for their daughter to die because of our out of control children.

    We as Americans should all hang our heads in shame. As a sociey we have made our children think that they are able to do just what they wish to do without any repercussion for their actions. We tell them that they are so very terribly special and are the center of the universe and they believe it. We have put power in the hands of those that are not emotionally mature enough to deal with it.

    It's not their fault, not really, it's ours. We have come to a place where it's the unexperienced and the immature that are doing the leading, and adults are all so afraid of telling them no and dealing harshly with them if necessary because they have the power to destroy their lives with just a word.

    This would never have taken place 70 years ago, adults would not have allowed it. Children understood and knew they were children and adults knew it was their place to guide them.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  6. darlene

    schools should have a no tolerance law for bullies. if these kids cannot remain civil then they should be taken out of the school population. the kids that did this to this poor girl know right from wrong and should be put in prison where they will get some of their own medicine.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  7. Eileen

    This past year, Carl Walker, Jr., 12, took his own life in Springfield, MA as a result of bullying at New Leadership Charter School. There was minimal investigation, no one was held accountable, and little has changed. Carl was black, and the school's leadership has political connnections. Contrast this to South Hadley (my Alma Mater), where a white student took her life and the perpetrators have been indited. I'm l'm they are held accountable, but it's a reminder that racism is still alive and well.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:19 am |