[caption id="attachment_34756" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="15-year-old Phoebe Prince hanged herself in January, just two days before the school’s winter cotillion."]15-year-old Phoebe Prince hanged herself in January, just two days before the school’s winter cotillion.[/caption]

A teen’s suicide in bucolic Western Massachusetts has resulted in several of her former classmates being charged with crimes ranging from disturbing a school assembly to civil-rights violations, harassment, and statutory rape. And now the school system finds itself at the center of a heated controversy over its response to the ongoing abuse.

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