Tread Softly: Bullying and the Death of Phoebe Prince

Tread Softly: Bullying and the Death of Phoebe Prince

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by E.J. Fleming
     
 

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The 2010 suicide in small-town Massachusetts garnered worldwide attention and led to a new awareness of bullying and anti-bullying legislation in dozens of states. Barely fifteen years old, Irish transfer student Phoebe Prince hung herself on a gray, cold, January afternoon after enduring vicious bullying in school and online for months. Why it happened is told,

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The 2010 suicide in small-town Massachusetts garnered worldwide attention and led to a new awareness of bullying and anti-bullying legislation in dozens of states. Barely fifteen years old, Irish transfer student Phoebe Prince hung herself on a gray, cold, January afternoon after enduring vicious bullying in school and online for months. Why it happened is told, here, for the first time. How it happened was no secret: hundreds of other students knew, as did administrators, school counselors and the nurse, a dozen or more teachers, and administration officials. Yet all took few, or no, steps to prevent the relentless persecution that drove Phoebe to her death. The few who did were run out of the school. This is Phoebe's story. The real story. A true account of how a skewed small-town culture allowed a decades-long school bullying culture to endure and breed the kind of children who would bully a young girl to death without a care, and gloat about their work after she died. A few years earlier, a departing teacher angrily told the principal, "Someone is going to die in your school." Phoebe was that "someone."Tread Softly: Bullying and the Death of Phoebe Prince" is her tragic story, and is endorsed by world-renowned anti bullying expert Barbara Coloroso as "A powerful journey through the back-story of the bullicide of Phoebe Prince... cutting through the news reports, rumors, innuendos and attacks on Phoebe's character... a compelling story of the roots, ways and means, and aftermath of bullying that went unabated even after her death. A must read for teenagers, parents, educators, and anyone who cares about kids.” It is also endorsed by Phoebe's parents, Anne O'Brien and Jeremy Prince, as "the only true and balanced account of a tragedy that will live with us forever. This is Phoebe's voice."

Editorial Reviews

Barbara Coloroso
Tread Softly takes the reader on a powerful journey through the back story of the bullicide of Phoebe Prince, a bubbly, bright, talented young girl who immigrated from Ireland to the small community of South Hadley, Massachusetts. Cutting through the news reports, rumors, and innuendos, E.J. Fleming writes a compelling story of the roots, ways and means, and aftermath of bullying that went unabated even after her death. A must read for teenagers, parents,educators, anyone who cares about kids
Anne O'Brien Jeremy Prince - Anne O'Brien & Jeremy Prince
E.J. Fleming's book is the only true and balanced account of a tragedy that will live with us forever. This book is Phoebe's voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015772395
Publisher:
Hall Hill Press
Publication date:
11/21/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

E.J. Fleming was raised in Massachusetts and educated at Fairfield (CT) University and the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of business. He has written seven previous non-fiction works to critical acclaim, including The Fixers: Eddie Mannix, Howard Strickling and the MGM Publicity Machine (McFarland, 2005), Wallace Reid: The Life and Death of a Hollywood Idol (McFarland, 2007), and Paul Bern: The Life and Famous Death of the MGM Director and Husband of Harlow (McFarland, 2009), the first book to expose the true story behind the infamous death of the MGM studio legend. His research debunked a studio-crafted suicide story that had endured for almost 80 years. Two of E.J.'s books have been optioned for film and are in development for television series or mini-series. He lives outside Chicago with his wife of 34 years, Barbara, and their children Abigail, Teddy, and Colin.

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Tread Softly: Bullying and the Death of Phoebe Prince 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As hard to read as it was to live through. Tread Softly finally tells the shameful truth about how we as a town failed to bestow meaningful values and self worth to all of our children. It cuts through all the media hype that was built up around Phoebe, her family, and our town and gets to the real reason we drew so much attention to ourselves. And that reason was a complete lack of reflection and remorse for the death of a child. It has been three years since we lost Phoebe. Although we have made some changes to our School Administration unfortunately the culture of denial and intimidation seems to continue. And sadly that lives on. As recently as two days ago, the night before Thanksgiving, and not coincidentally the day this book was released, a brick was hurled through the window of one of the few brave adults in our community that stood up and challenged the status quo to let the world know about the attempt to cover up the circumstances Fleming details in his book. Thank you Mr. Fleming for cutting through the veil of secrecy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is unfortunate that the same bad characters Mr. Fleming exposes in this book continue feable school yard bullying by electronic means in this review forum. Nothing new though. Their campaign of terror began against her before she died and after then transfered to her grieving mother and her family. It is a truly venomous culture that can do this and it breeds into their children and Fleming documents that well. So reader beware, you too may soon be described as the worse "piece of ebver produced" and your children may be next if they can find them. Welcome to our world -- bring lots of soap and water.
IrishladSM More than 1 year ago
These last three reviews are a joke. Apparently the South Hadley locals are exactly as described in the book. Ignorant and so far in denial it's laughable. It seems Fleming got it right about those rednecks.
jgame More than 1 year ago
It seems the author of this book keeps returning to this site to try and challenge any comments that are negative about his book. In reality this book is so poorly written that it is a waste of money to purchase. I'm sure that the auhor will return a comment insulting my opinion with a hateful South Hadley redneck comment. How sad that he is so desperate to sell a book that capitalizes on young girl's tragedy. Truly sick, and yes very sad!
exelhs More than 1 year ago
Found the story much darker than we expected from the stories in the press and finished the book in a weekend. And "forest" what kind of loser South Hadley townie are you? First off all the book doesn't at all attack the whole town, just the many people who did bad things that live there, and continue to do given your stupid comment. And, you CLEARLY do not live in East Longmeadow given your comments. I actually do and nothing you said could be farther from true. You're obviously one of the South Hadley mopes trying to disparage a book that paints some of your town the way it really is. If EL is such a "horrible town" you'd have to be a complete idiot to stay there. Well maybe you do. Hopefully people reading these reviews will recognize the South Hadley crazies for what they are.
forest3 More than 1 year ago
It's amazing that E.J Fleming blames a whole community for a young girls death. I have been a resident of East Longmeadow my whole life and find that community is loaded with bullies. In particular the Flemining family. I can remember being excluded and bullied by E.j during my school days. East Longmeadow is a horrible community! Maybe it is just everyone in western Massachusetts that are cruel and have bullies inbedded in their culture!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To the reviewer collaB: You're obviously another one of the demented locals from South Hadley who want the story to go away. Your folks must be the loser rednecks you appear in the book. And also if you're going to criticize poor writing you might want to learn how to spell "written" and "disappointed" and learn about grammar. I agree with the other reviewer who suggested the negative reviews come from the idiot section in South Hadley, Mass.
collaB More than 1 year ago
Really badly writtedn book.! I'm dissappoited in Fairfield University and Notre Dame for graduating a person who writes so poorly! or is this author lying about his education too?
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bain2 More than 1 year ago
Although this is a very sad story and I do feel bad for this girl's parents, this book brings to light the inadvertent neglect by the parents, who seem too self absorbed to conquer this girls mental health issue. Imagine leaving a 14 year old home alone in a different country. This story grasps at others to blame for this poor girls death and in reality points to the failure of the family intervening appropriately. If I were Phoebe's parents I would have never approved of this publication. It has made me see Phoebe more as a wild child than a victim.
dolgah More than 1 year ago
This book is so completely biased. E.J. Flemings research is week at best. Basic truths such as where Phoebe's sister went to school is wrong. Just this fact alone could have been discovered in less than 5 seconds. So for this man to claim that his story is the only true story when he can't even get basic facts correct in his timeline is a complete joke. What is his deal with hating South Hadley. Apparently he has been talking to the crazy Darby O'Brien, who for some reason hates his own town. Whatever the reason for this hateful book against a great town is unimportant, but if an author is publishing a story that he states is the only true story, it should contain truths not fabricated vindictive lies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This thing is the poorest most inexcusable piece of crap ebver produced