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Date: Fri, 02 Apr 2010 12:04:43 -0000 (GMT)
From: Jayashrii
Subject: Watch Out! This Tragedy Can Happen Anywhere


“Jeo na’ ogo prabhu, anek katha’ a’che ba’kii…” -P.S. #683


Baba, oh Prabhu please do not go away. Please remain with me– I have
many a tale to tell You. Please come to my home. Please understand this
unique opportunity: I am all alone in the house. Nobody is here, so
please come.

Baba, in pleasure and pain, during both negative and positive
situations, all the time I am calling You. And always I am remembering
Your name. During all the 24 hours, whatever I do, my hands are always
busy in work but my mind is at Your lotus feet. I remember You; it is
Your grace. Even if I risk losing everything I want You to my heart’s

Baba, You understand my entire situation but You never console me. I
am surrounded by the darkness these days. I do not have any happiness.
Baba I do not want anything from You, only this much I want: That You
please come close and sit beside me. The doors & windows of my mind are
always open in longing for You, waiting for Your arrival.

Baba my Lord, please do not go away leaving me deserted. Always
remain in my heart…


Bullying is a growing problem in schools where bigger, mean-spirited
kids physically assault and/or mentally harass their peers. Whereas it
used to only happen in the hallways of schools, now it happens
throughout cyberspace and the digital world as well as via
person-to-person contact in schools and neighborhoods. That makes life
extremely difficult for victims.

Tragedy struck recently when one victim of bullying, 14 yr old Phoebe
Prince (MA, USA), took her own life by hanging herself in her own house
after undergoing a particularly harsh week of bullying tactics. The news
article is appended below for your review.

That small town never imagined such a horrifying tragedy could take
place in their midst. But it can. And it can happen near you as well. So
beware and take proper precautions.

We should all carefully watch our children and be intimately aware of
what is happening in their lives, especially those in their early teens.
Open communication and loving support are two of the main ways to ensure
school bullying does not affect the life of your children.

Then of course there are pathways of community action and school


There are two parallel running themes that most endangers youths to the
perils of bullying.

1) Children affected by materialism view school more as a venue for
dating and sexual presentation than anything else. This leads to
jealously, name-calling and fighting.

2) A lack of parental love leaves kids without a base or foundation in
life. In that case their school life is their entire support system.
Hence when school bullying occurs, they have nothing left to fall back on.

Both of the above can be explored more deeply and explained at length.
There are facts, statistics and studies available.

Suffice to say here that capitalism draws most moms out of the house for
full-time work endeavours in which case they are rarely around their
children. Secondly, when the whole pseudo-culture media market revolves
around sexual allurement and body image etc, then naturally young
impressionable kids are deeply molded in this way, especially in this
cell phone, internet era.

Wherever capitalism abounds, all kinds of social issues like school
bullying are bound to crop up. Unfortunately now capitalism is only
spreading more and more.

Everyone should be alert. Below my signature please read the tragic case
of the young Phoebe Prince who took her life. The report is from the
Boston Globe.



By Kevin Cullen
Globe Columnist / January 24, 2010

Like a lot of kids her age, Phoebe Prince was a swan, always beautiful
and sometimes awkward.

Last fall, she moved from Ireland * *into western Massachusetts, a new
town, a new high school, a new country, a new culture. She was 15, when
all that matters is being liked and wearing the right clothes and just
fitting in.

She was a freshman and she had a brief fling with a senior, a football
player, and for this she became the target of the Mean Girls, who
decided then and there that Phoebe didn’t know her place and that Phoebe
would pay.

Kids can be mean, but the Mean Girls took it to another level, according
to students and parents. They followed Phoebe around, calling her a
slut. When they wanted to be more specific, they called her an Irish slut.

The name-calling, the stalking, the intimidation was relentless.

Ten days ago, Phoebe was walking home from school when one of the Mean
Girls drove by in a car. An insult and an energy drink can came flying
out the car window in Phoebe’s direction.

Phoebe kept walking, past the abuse, past the can, past the white picket
fence, into her house. Then she walked into a closet and hanged herself.
Her 12-year-old sister found her.

You would think this would give the bullies who hounded Phoebe some
pause. Instead, they went on Facebook and mocked her in death.

They told State Police detectives they did nothing wrong, had nothing to
do with Phoebe killing herself.

And then they went right back to school and started badmouthing Phoebe.

They had a dance, a cotillion, at the Log Cabin in Holyoke two days
after Phoebe’s sister found her in the closet, and some who were there
say one of the Mean Girls bragged about how she played dumb with the
detectives who questioned her.

Last week, one of the Springfield TV stations sent a crew to South
Hadley High to talk to the kids.

One girl was interviewed on camera, and she said what was common
knowledge: that bullies were stalking the corridors of South Hadley High.

As soon as the TV crew was out of sight, one of the Mean Girls came up
and slammed the girl who had been interviewed against a locker and
punched her in the head.

The Mean Girls are pretty, and popular, and play sports.

So far, they appear to be untouchable, too.

South Hadley is a nice, comfortable middle-class suburb that hugs the
Connecticut River nearby and a certain attitude.

“Things like this aren’t supposed to happen in South Hadley,’’ said
Darby O’Brien, a high school parent, wondering why the bullies who
tormented Phoebe are still in school. “And so instead of confronting the
evil among us, the reality that there are bullies roaming the corridors
at South Hadley High, people are blaming the victim, looking for excuses
why a 15-year-old girl would do this. People are in denial.’’

School officials say there are three investigations going on. They say
these things take time.

That doesn’t explain why the Mean Girls who tortured Phoebe remain in
school, defiant, unscathed.

“What kind of message does this send to the good kids?’’ O’Brien asked.
“How many kids haven’t come forward to tell what they know because they
see the bullies walking around untouched?’’

They were supposed to hold a big meeting on Tuesday to talk about all
this, but now that’s off for a couple of weeks.

O’Brien is thinking about going to that meeting and suggesting that they
have the kids who bullied Phoebe look at the autopsy photos.

“Let them see what a kid who hung herself looks like,’’ he said.

Last week, Phoebe was supposed to visit Ireland, where she grew up, and
she was excited because she was going to see her father for the first
time in months.

She did end up going back to Ireland after all, and when her father saw
her she was in a casket.

Phoebe’s family decided to bury her in County Clare. They wanted an
ocean between her and the people who hounded her to the grave.

Phoebe Prince Update:

Nine Teens Charged in Girl’s Suicide

March 29, 2010 5:04 PM

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (CBS/AP) Nine teenagers face charges for allegedly
hounding and harassing 15-year-old Irish immigrant Phoebe Prince,
bullying her to the point where she hanged herself to end her misery.

Out of the nine teens, two boys are charged with statutory rape and they
and a clique of girls are facing charges including stalking, criminal
harassment and violating Phoebe’s civil rights.

School officials are not charged even though authorities say they knew
the girl was being bullied and they didn’t stop the harassment even
after Prince’s mother came to two of them with her concerns.

Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel said the events before
the teen’s death on Jan. 14 were “the culmination of a nearly
three-month campaign of verbally assaultive behavior and threats of
physical harm” widely known among the student body.

The 15-year-old was insulted and threatened almost from her first day at
South Hadley High School, bullying her in the halls, library and through
text messages. Prince was harassed for having a short relationship with
a popular boy in school.

On the day she hung herself, Prince was pelted with a beverage container
and cursed at as she walked home from school.

Scheibel said the harassment began in September, occurring primarily in
school and in person, although some of it surfaced on Facebook and in
other electronic forms. At least four students and two faculty members
intervened to try to stop it or report it to administrators, she said.

Prince’s family has since moved away from the area.

Some students accused of participating in the bullying have been
disciplined by the school and will not be returning to classes.

The teens who face criminal charges under the indictments announced
Monday are:

Sean Mulveyhill, 17, of South Hadley. Charged with statutory rape,
violation of civil rights resulting in bodily injury, criminal
harassment and disturbance of a school assembly.

Kayla Narey, 17, of South Hadley. Charged with violation of civil rights
resulting in bodily injury, criminal harassment and disturbance of a
school assembly.

Austin Renaud, 18, of Springfield. Charged with statutory rape.

Ashley Longe, 16, of South Hadley. Charged as a youthful offender with
violation of civil rights resulting in bodily injury.

Sharon Chanon Velazquez, 16, of South Hadley. Charged as a youthful
offender with stalking and violation of civil rights resulting in bodily

Flannery Mullins, 16, of South Hadley. Charged as a youthful offender
with stalking and violation of civil rights resulting in bodily injury.

Three 16-year-old South Hadley girls, whose names were not released,
face delinquency charges that include the civil rights offense, criminal
harassment and disturbance of a school assembly.

Love For All

Baba says, “The sense of differentiation and distinction are of no value
to devotees. For them, all become one, all discriminations disappear.
Only human beings can have this type of mentality and that is why they
are superior to all other beings.” (AV-7, p.12)

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