Phoebe Prince essays released
S. HADLEY, Mass. -- School essays Prince wrote just before her death have been released.
Her alleged bullies, two boys she dated and four of the so-called "mean girls" who reportedly saw Phoebe as a romantic rival are charged with felonies.
They have all pleaded not guilty and will tell their story in court.
Phoebe, silenced forever, cannot.
Now, it's her own words that are painting a vivid new picture of her emotional anguish in her dark final days.
In essays Phoebe wrote for English class, she discusses a book called "Cutting" written by a psychotherapist.
The book is about people who harm themselves.
In her essay, Phoebe wrote, "This book I really connected with as I found there was truth in every word...It helped me comprehend what people close to me have gone through."
Phoebe wrote that self-mutilation is about "trying to transfer the pain from emotional to physical."
In another essay she titled "Mind over Matter,” she wrote, "Where have today's values gone? We live in an impersonal electronic society...Now that we have Twitter and Facebook."
About her iPod, Phoebe wrote, "I have a song for every moment and mood of my day...And let them wash away any emotion I'm feeling."
Freelance journalist Donal Lynch obtained the essays for an Irish newspaper.
“It's definitely a warning sign for anyone dealing with kids when they're writing about self-mutilation and cutting, in any context. It's disturbing,” Lynch said.
Phoebe grew up in an Irish village, but was suddenly uprooted and moved to Massachusetts last year.
She'd also been bullied in school in Ireland and her parents separated.
Even after her death, the torment continued.
According to published reports, after Prince hanged herself, one of the alleged bullies wrote on a Facebook page, "It was her own fault."
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