9 charged in bullying of S. Hadley teen who killed self
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Prosecutors in Northampton revealed Monday that nine teens have been charged in the bullying of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince.
The South Hadley student took her own life 11 weeks ago on Jan. 14. She reportedly hanged herself.
District Attorney Elizabeth Schiebel spoke about the incident on Monday.
"It appears that Phoebe's death on January 14 followed a torturous day for her, in which she was subjected to verbal harassment and threatened physical abuse," Schiebel said.
Of the nine people facing charges, three are juveniles, and two are facing charges of statutory rape.
Among those charged are Austin Renaud and Sean Mulveyhill, both facing statutory rape charges.
Students Kayla Narey, Sharon Chanon Velazquez and Ashley Longe face charges ranging from criminal harassment to civil rights violations.
The students allegedly harassed Phoebe at school, on Facebook and through text messages sent to her cell phone.
"Their conduct far exceeded the limits of normal teenage relationship-related quarrels," Schiebel said.
One of the alleged tormentors was reportedly jealous that Phoebe had planned to go a dance with a certain football player.
Many parents are saddened by the news.
"I feel bad all the way around...I feel bad for the family of the children, the family of Phoebe, I just feel bad," said parent Nancy Cooper.
The community has been demanding justice for Phoebe.
Prince's humiliation was witnessed by other students and a faculty member in at least one instance of bullying.
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