"Mean Girls": South Hadley Mom Targeted over Phoebe Prince
The suicide of Phoebe Prince, who was viciously bullied at school has led to a backlash against the "mean girls" responsible for bullying her. However, this has led to a new wave of cyber-bullying in South Hadley, MA, and not everyone targeted is actually one of the "mean girls" in question.
This online harrassment also extends to parents, who also tend to have online identities, such as Laurie Nairie, who found herself in the strange position of being stalked by schoolgirls (or, indeed, maybe their parents). What we're seeing is the Internet being used by people who have poorly-functioning social skills, and everyone gets hurt.
Narey's ordeal began early Thursday morning when her name, address, old telephone number and even a map to her home began to be disseminated on a number of Web sites, she said.
(The term "Mean Girls" is also the title of the film adapted from Rosalind Wiseman's Queen Bees and Wannabes, which was about a clique of bullying popular girls and a new girl who was raised outside the US)
Some have been incorrectly identified on Web sites by those intent on naming the girls who picked on the 15-year-old Prince in the days and weeks leading up to her Jan. 14 death, a suspected suicide.