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ARTICLE: SUICIDE CAUSATION EXPERTS IN TEEN WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMS: WILL THEY ASSIST THE TRIER OF FACT?
John Marshall Law Review
45 J. Marshall L. Rev. 51
After moving from Ireland to South Hadley, Massachusetts, fifteen-year-old Phoebe Prince was ready to start her new life. 1 Moving to a new country would mean starting school at a new high school and making all new friends. But this new life was not a story of happy endings for Phoebe Prince. Rather, it was a story that ended in tragedy. After only a few months of attending South Hadley High School, Phoebe Prince hung herself in the closet of her new home. 2 Why did she feel the need to take her life at such a young age? At first glance, the obvious answer seemed to be the relentless bullying that she endured day in and day out at her new high school. After a short fling with the a senior football player, Phoebe became "the target of the Mean Girls, who decided then and there that Phoebe didn't know her place and that Phoebe would pay." 3 The "Mean Girls" would call her a slut, they would stalk her in the hallways, intimidate her, and even throw things at her. 4 On the day she committed suicide - in fact, only moments before her suicide - the "Mean Girls" drove by Phoebe, who was walking home from school, shouted insults out the window about her and threw an energy drink at her. 5 Rather than fight back, "Phoebe kept walking, past the abuse, past the can, past the white picket fence, into her house ... [and ...
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