Bullying expert: Mass. school didn't use advice

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Associated Press

Posted on March 30, 2010 at 10:33 AM

BOSTON (AP) — An anti-bullying expert says a school attended by a harassed freshman who committed suicide didn't follow through on all her recommendations.

Barbara Coloroso told CBS' "The Early Show" on Tuesday that schools need procedures to protect victims and punish perpetrators, and programs to prevent further problems.

She says South Hadley schools "had policies, but the procedures need to be toughened up."

She says she consulted with parents and administrators months before 15-year-old Phoebe Prince hanged herself in January. Authorities say she endured months of verbal assaults and threats.

Nine fellow students face charges in connection with her death. School officials won't be charged, even though authorities say they knew about the bullying.

School officials haven't returned messages left by The Associated Press.

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