Phoebe Prince bully speaks to 'Today Show'
UNDATED -- One of students who bullied Phoebe Prince spoke out for the first time on the Today Show. Prince is the 15-year-old South Hadley High School student who committed suicide in January of 2010 after months of taunting at school and online.
A year and a half after her death Phoebe Prince got an apology from one of her tormentors.
“I didn't mean to hurt somebody or say the things I said to them,” said
Sharon Chanonvelazquez, 18, spoke exclusively to the Today Show to set the record straight about her role in the 15-year-old's suicide.
“I regret saying the things I said to her because at the end of the day like I said, I told many people I tried to help out a friend and it backlashed and I didn't know that she had so many problems and if I had known that then I would have gone out of my way and tried to help her,” said Chanonvelazquez.
Chanonvelazquez, like the other South Hadley students accused, struck a deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to misdemeanor criminal harassment. More serious felony charges were dropped.
In court, Phoebe's mother showed little sympathy for Chanonvelazquez.
“Sharon Velasquez's anger and aggression would have scared me, an adult...so I can only imagine the terror it instilled in Phoebe,” said Phoebe's mother.
But even after her guilty plea, Chanonvelazquez won't admit to bullying.
“Some of the things I said were unnecessary and mean, but it's arguing," said Chanonvelazquez.
Now the tables have turned and Chanonvelazquez says she and her fellow defendants are the ones being bullied.
“We've got death threats…people say things to me all the time…they stare at me a lot…it really hurts," said Chanonvelazquez.
Chanonvelazquez also said if she could say one thing to Phoebe she would tell her she’s sorry. She also regrets causing Phoebe’s parents so much pain.
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