Blog: The Educated Reporter

For those interested in bullying …

If my log of reporter requests means anything, a lot of you are. Slate reporter Emily Bazelon began to dive into the world of school bullying some time ago, and her lengthy investigation of the Phoebe Prince case in South Hadley, Mass., that was published this week is a worthwhile read. Some of the commenters are excoriating Bazelon for, as they see it, excusing the bullying; I don’t think that is what she has done.

Rather, she has provided much-needed fleshing-out to the quick narrative we got after Phoebe’s suicide—and has offered some context that helps evaluate the relationship between the punishment and the crime.