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10th Anniversary of Phoebe Prince

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the suicide of Phoebe Prince. Our hearts and prayers still go out to the family and all those affected by Phoebe's suicide. Over the past ten years, we have worked diligently to work past this tragedy, incorporating Signs of Suicide, Restorative Practices, advisories, and anti-bullying curriculum. While this incident no longer defines who we are, it has most certainly shaped our policies and the type of school system we strive to be. While we promote the positive things our schools and students bring forth, I am most proud of our sense of community and the climate of respect, kindness and acceptance we instill as a school district.

As the anniversary is now upon us, some of you may have strong reactions and may need additional support. Please reach out to your guidance counselors, school adjustment counselors and building administrators. The Pioneer Valley has an active regional suicide prevention coalition. We are also able to reach out to Riverside Community Care for additional support. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not a stigma.

As a community, we continue to work tirelessly to build a safe and supportive school environment, where no one worries alone. We are in this together, and we will continue to help and support each other.

 

Diana Bonneville, Ph.D.
Interim Superintendent
South Hadley Public Schools