"The biggest miscarriage of justice would be to let the kids who tormented Phoebe off the hook"
Thank you for featuring this important story on your cover. And kudos to the district attorney for filing charges against those who allegedly ganged up on Phoebe. I hesitate to use the term "bullying" because it was really sexual harassment, intimidation and stalking. This behavior would be illegal in any workplace in America, yet some people think a 15-year-old should just deal with it. I hope the defendants in this case learn what they should have learned at the age of 3: Their actions have consequences.
The death of Phoebe Prince is a tragedy within a larger tragedy. There is an entire generation at risk of becoming completely desensitized from compassion because of a daily fare of violent media, especially games and movies. If we are to rescue the Net Generation, now is the time to act. Bullying is a hate crime and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Paula van Lootens
Camano Island, Wash.
I was bullied from kindergarten through high school, and it drove me to think of suicide many times. My teachers blamed me and told me to "toughen up." Society needs to move faster on this issue. If you haven't been through it yourself, you can't imagine how horrible it is to wake up and wonder if you will be tormented that day.
Whitefish Bay, Wis.
As a European immigrant struggling to find my way through the American school system, I understand how hard it is not only to fit in but to make real friends. Instead of honoring this country's tradition of welcoming newcomers, some of Phoebe's schoolmates did everything they could to make her feel alienated and unwelcome. If only they had remembered that America is still the land of opportunity and hope.
CARREY AND MCCARTHY
As a fan of Jim Carrey, I am grateful to Jenny McCarthy for giving us insight into the actor's private side. She spoke so beautifully about his tender, serious and compassionate nature, qualities that we would never have known about otherwise. I hope he continues to be a part of her son Evan's life.
I was disappointed by the lack of space given to Phil Mickelson and the Masters Tournament. The tears of joy shed by Phil, his wife, kids and caddy were part of what made his thrilling victory a fairy tale come true.
Thank you for remembering the ever so classy Dixie Carter. She used her talent to entertain people, and we couldn't help but care about her. They don't make them like her anymore.
Cedar Grove, N.J.
Readers were divided over our story about Torry Hansen, who sent her adopted son Artyom back to Russia after only seven months in Tennessee. Lori Smith of The Woodlands, Texas, writes, "To give up and send this child back to an orphanage with a note pinned to his jacket is a crime." But social worker Lois Carlson of Russellville, Mo., disagrees: "Unless one has walked in Torry's shoes, expressions of criticism are unwarranted. Artyom may well be suffering from a severe attachment disorder." Adoptions from Russia have been suspended as officials from both countries work to formulate an agreement.