Light in the Dark
Organized by: Leah Caldieri
"You may remember Deb Caldieri. She was Phoebe Prince’s Latin teacher at South Hadley High School. Phoebe was the 15-year-old girl who killed herself in January 2010 after being bullied mercilessly by other kids while administrators at South Hadley High did nothing.
"Deb Caldieri was Phoebe’s favorite teacher; she stuck up for Phoebe, and that made her persona non grata with the feckless administrators who ran South Hadley High. While some teachers launched a whispering campaign, blaming Phoebe for her own problems, Deb Caldieri stood up very publicly for Phoebe, accusing the school’s administrators of failing her.“Debra’s whole life was changed by this young girl’s tragic suicide and the way she was treated by the school afterwards.
She became completely preoccupied by it all, and trying to understand and make sense of it,” Davina Miller wrote. “On October 7 2010 she told me that she felt too traumatized by Phoebe’s death to recover. I am not in any doubt that Phoebe Prince’s tragic suicide and how Ms. Caldieri was treated subsequently by the South Hadley School Department greatly contributed to her deteriorated mental health. I have had conversations with other health providers of hers both at the time and since about this and this feeling [has] been unanimous.”
The Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement Board’s medical panel agreed. But the board rejected Caldieri’s claim( for compensation).
Caldieri has appealed. In the meantime, she sits in her apartment in Northampton, broke, depressed, and disillusioned." by Kevin Cullen, Boston Globe
This fundraiser is to help pay her rent and bills and live as normally as possible while dealing with advancing Multiple Sclerosis and having been denied any compensation.
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