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Saturday 18 August 2018

Country star pens song in memory of tragic Phoebe

A US country-music star has penned a song dedicated to tragic Irish teen Phoebe Prince.

The 15-year-old student, originally from Clare, committed suicide after a relentless campaign of bullying at her high school in Massachusetts.

Singer Kylie Morgan wrote the anti-bullying song dedicated to Prince called It Matters What We Do.

The song addressed the young student: "You're more than just another picture in the news. You're a part of us, there's a part of us in you."

Prince moved to the small town of South Hadley near Boston with her mother.

But the teen was tortured by classmates, who endlessly called her names in school and online.

She died in her mother's home on January 14, 2010.

Morgan's video has already received thousands of hits on YouTube, with 76,000 hits in the first three days of release.

The star (16) was the same age as Phoebe when the latter took her own life, and clearly feels an affinity to the tragic Irish emigrant.

"Phoebe I wish I could've known you, I wish I could've told you, Let you know that everything was gonna be all right, This is just a phase in life," Morgan sings.

The young star is the national spokesperson for anti-bullying at Pacer.org and urges her peers to "stop bullying now".

"Please don't allow your classmate to become a statistic," she said at the end of the song.

The rising singer is now touring the States in her own bus and is currently in negotiations for a local one hour TV show.

Six of Prince's classmates were charged with a variety of offences, including statutory rape and harassment. One pleaded guilty, four admitted to sufficient facts for a guilty finding and one had the charge against them dropped.

School superintendent Gus Sayer said that the staff at the school only became aware of the bullying one week before Prince's death.

A US anti-bullying study panel recommended that schools should provide detailed reports showing how they handle incidents when students are intimidated.

"It's in our interest to send a message that bullying is not acceptable and that every kid is safe when going to school," said Attorney General Martha Coakley.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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