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South Hadley Selectboard Looks to Form Youth Commission

By WGGB Staff

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WGGB) — In the wake of a South Hadley High School student taking her own life after allegedly being bullied, the Board of Selectmen discussed Tuesday the formation of a Youth Commission to tackle the issue of bullying in the schools.

The plan comes a month after the Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old girl who came to the town from Ireland, committed suicide. Selectman Bruce MacCullagh suggested the commission after reviewing state law, which he said would allow the selectboard to appoint members to such a group to address issues in the town.

According to the board, the law requires no less than three members.

They said the commission would allow town leaders to understand what could be done better to curb problems like bullying, according to the board.

The board agreed Tuesday to propose the commission to town residents during a Feb. 23 meeting being held to create an anti-bullying task force.


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