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Massachusetts introduces day to highlight bullying in US schools

As a part of a campaign to highlight bullying following high-profile death by suicide of Irish teenager Phoebe Prince in 2010, the State of Massachusetts will hold a No Name Calling Day on 25 January.

In this Jan. 15, 2010 photo, a candlelight vigil is held at South Hadley, Mass., High School for freshman Phoebe Prince, 15.
In this Jan. 15, 2010 photo, a candlelight vigil is held at South Hadley, Mass., High School for freshman Phoebe Prince, 15.
Image: Don Treeger/AP/Press Association Images

MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR DEVAL Patrick has designated 25 January as ‘No Name Calling Day’ in the State in a bid to highlight anti-bullying efforts in US public schools.

Student will also be urged to wear black in order to symbolise the “Black Out Bullying” campaign, the Boston Globe reports.

The awareness campaign comes after the governor signed new legislation that requires school districts to develop anti-bullying strategies, following the death by suicide of 15-year-old Irish teenager Phoebe Prince.

Prince took her own life in January 2010 after being taunted for several months by classmates at a South Hadley highschool. She had recently emigrated to the US from Fanore, Co Clare, with her family.

Read: $225,000 settlement for Phoebe Prince’s parents>

Read: Phoebe Prince “didn’t stand a chance” after being bullied>

Read: Phoebe Prince family settles case against school, but investigation continues>

Read: Teenagers in court on charges relating to Phoebe suicide>

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