South Hadley school officials speak out

To view this site, you need to have Flash Player 9.0.115 or later installed. Click here to get the latest Flash player.

April 1, 2010, 9:58 pm
Print Article

(NECN: Kristen Caira) - South Hadley's school superintendent is breaking his silence months after the suicide of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince. On Monday, nine people were indicted on charges they relentlessly bullied Prince in the days leading up to her death. Bullying prosecutors say school officials were aware of.

In the wake of the suicide of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince and the indictments of nine of her classmates for bullying, many here in South Hadley, Massachusetts are asking, what about the school officials?

Local radio stations flooded with calls and the parents of Phoebe's friends deeply disappointed that school officials are not being charged.

Now school officials are finally speaking out. South Hadley's school superintendent Gus Sayer saying that they only knew about Phoebe's bullying for about a week before she took her own life, contrary to reports that it was obvious for months.

The District Attorney has characterized the school's response as "troublesome" but not "criminal".  Still the superintendent is aware of how many around here feel. Evidenced by the hundreds of emails he is receiving.

The school principal will not comment about any plans to resign and right now, the superintendent says he has no plans to fire anyone, but he says the school's own investigation will continue.

Tags: bullying, South Hadley, Phoebe Prince
Threats to Wheatley Hall were made Thursday and Tuesday; 29-year-old senior Dean Beckford has been arraigned and held on $20K bail
The Boston Fire Department responded to Long Wharf for a report of a person in the water around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday
Robert J. Volpe is in stable, but critical condition at UMass Medical Center in Worcester