Bazelon v. South Hadley

Emily Bazelon, a reporter and editor for the national news organization Slate, filed a lawsuit in Superior Court on Dec. 2, 2011 against the Town of South Hadley and town officials, seeking an order requiring disclosure of public records concerning the Town's settlement after the suicide of South Hadley High School student Phoebe Prince--a death widely linked in local and national media to severe bullying by students at the school. Ms. Bazelon made numerous requests for details of the Town's settlement with Prince's parents, without success.

Responding to an order from Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup, town officials on Dec. 27, 2011 disclosed that the Town and School Department of South Hadley settled the lawsuit brought against them by Prince's parents for $225,000, in exchange for full release of all claims.

Media

12.27.11

The Phoebe Prince Settlement
Slate

South Hadley releases Phoebe Prince settlement
Springfield Republican

South Hadley discloses Prince settlement
News Release

12.24.11

Judge rules in favor of Emily Bazelon, orders Phoebe Prince settlement information released
MassLive.com

12.23.11

Superior Court orders disclosure of Prince settlement details
News Release

12.2.11

A Secret Settlement
Slate

Slate reporter Emily Bazelon sues South Hadley over Prince settlement
News Release

Phoebe Prince settlement to be subject of court hearing
Springfield Republican

Legal Documents

12.27.11

Release and Waiver

12.23.11

Memorandum of Decision and Order

12.2.11

Civil Action Cover Sheet

HSC Letter

Memo of Law

Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Motion for Short Order of Notice

Supplemental Affidavit

Verified Complaint