So why did the beautiful girl, a recent transplant from Ireland who read Dante and dreamed of becoming a journalist, commit the ultimate self-destructive act? Friends say mean girls drove her to it—that Phoebe was relentlessly bullied in the classroom and online, where she was the target of insults and smears called out in the hallways and posted on Facebook. While police pursue an investigation—criminal charges are seldom brought in bullying cases—school administrators say they have suspended several students, who now await a disciplinary hearing and could face expulsion.
Nine years ago today, year-old Phoebe Prince killed herself after nearly three months of continued torment by fellow students at South Hadley High School — a suicide that pushed lawmakers to act to protect children. All six teens that bullied Prince were indicted on charges connected to her suicide that included violating civil rights, criminal harassment and even statutory rape. The comprehensive law requires school staff to report any instances of bullying and to investigate if necessary.
Sean Mulveyhill, the former high school senior in South HadleyMassachusetts, who orchestrated a bullying campaign that led to the suicide of Irish-born Phoebe Prince inhas been accused of the rape of a college girl. Parents of the alleged rape victim are incensed that Mulveyhill was given a job in an all-female school in the same town where Phoebe Prince committed suicide. Prince had a brief fling with Mulveyhillcaptain of the football team.
It is not clear what some students at South Hadley High School expected to achieve by subjecting a freshman to the relentless taunting described by a prosecutor and classmates. Certainly not her suicide. And certainly not the multiple felony indictments announced on Monday against several students at the Massachusetts school.
The mother of one of the "Mean Girls" charged with bullying year-old Phoebe Prince to death defended her daughter Tuesday, saying she never lifted a hand against the tormented girl but just "called her names. Angeles Chanon admitted that her daughter, Sharon Chanon Velazquez16, had once been suspended from school for verbally abusing Phoebe - but blamed the bullied girl for starting it. They're teenagers.
Phoebe Prince, a high school freshman, hanged herself after being bullied by classmates. Three of the teens received probation and community service sentences, while two others only face probation. Prince, a year-old student who had recently moved from Ireland, killed herself in January 14, after being bullied by several students at a high school in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
The new charges stem from social media messages and texts sent by Koske, of South Hadley and formerly known as Ashley Longein which she allegedly threatened to slash another woman's "tires and throat," according to The Daily Hampshire Gazette. On Feb. She is reportedly free on personal recognizance with special conditions and due back in court on March
After year-old Phoebe Prince of South Hadley, Massachusetts, committed suicide insix of her classmates the "South Hadley Six" were essentially charged with bullying her to death. Emily Bazelon reported on the charges for Slateand her just-released book Sticks and Stones takes a deeper look at Prince's story and at bullying in general. The following is an exclusive excerpt from the book, focusing on Flannery Mullins, one of the South Hadley Six.
Today, South Hadley finds itself thrust onto a world stage with a far from flattering image as town officials and residents wrestle with. At the center of the storm, school Superintendent Gus A. And, according to some, the tragedy has brought down the image of the town along with that of the high school.
Nine Massachusetts teenagers have been charged in the "unrelenting" bullying of a year-old girl who killed herself in January, prosecutors said today. Two of them were charged with statutory rape. Phoebe Princea recent Irish immigrant, hanged herself Jan. Prince, a freshman, was reportedly harassed by older girls who resented her dating an older football player.