Phoebe Prince Suicide: Nine Teens Charged with Bullying 15-Year-Old to Death
According to District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel, Phoebe Prince faced unmerciful bullying on Facebook and in the halls of Massachusetts' South Hadley High School in the months before her death. But the day of her suicide was particularly brutal.
According to indictments released today, Phoebe was harassed in the school library on January 14. It was witnessed by a teacher and other students, but no one bothered to report it to administrators. She faced continuing harassment as she walked the halls that day, and even more as she walked home after school.
She would be found later that day in her home, having hanged herself in her bedroom.
|She was only 15, but dickhead classmates taunted her as an "Irish slut."|
Indicted today were 9 teens. The charges seem to imply that Phoebe had relations with at least two of the suspects, though we may be reading too much into that at this point. The list of little pricks:
Sean Mulveyhill, 17, charged with statutory rape, civil rights violations, criminal harassment and disturbance of a school assembly.
Kayla Narey, 17, civil rights violations, criminal harassment, disturbance of a school assembly.
Austin Renaud, 18, statutory rape.
Ashley Longe, 16, civil rights violations.
Flannery Mullins, 16, civil rights violations, stalking.
Sharon Chanon Velazquez, 16, civil rights violations, stalking.
Three other juvenile girls, all unnamed, have been charged with civil rights violations, criminal harassment, and assault.
We're only guessing here, but the civil rights charges may pertain to the repeated insults hurled against Phoebe as an "Irish slut." She had moved with her family from Ireland only months before her death. Her parents wanted to let their kids experience America.
Thanks to the little pricks above, we gave them a shameful welcome.
|The parade of dickheads, clockwise from top left: Sharon Chanon Velazquez, Sean Mulveyhill, Kayla Narey, Ashley Longe and Austin Renaud.|
That's one of the really sad aspects of this case, to know that Phoebe's death could have easily been prevented.
For months she faced what appears to be an orchestrated campaign of torture. She was bombed with threatening messages on her cell phone. Students referred to her as a whore and an Irish slut on Facebook. They would knock her books out of her hands in the hallway, throw things at her and scribble over her picture on school walls.
For a little girl new to America, it had to be both inexplicable and overwhelming.
Unfortunately, the many teachers and administrators who knew of the harassment -- and even witnessed physical intimidation -- won't be charged criminally. Though prosecutors were able to creatively bring charges Phoebe's nine little dickhead classmates, they weren't able to indict South Hadley officials for neglect.
It would have been a great learning lesson for the nation's educators. Nothing prompts them to action like legal threats, especially if teachers and administrators were to face criminal charges for being candy-asses and not stepping up.
And seems the people running South Hadley High definitely needed to be lit up for their negligence.
Mitch Brouillard says his daughter Rebecca was bullied by one of the mean girls involved in Phoebe's death. The harassment lasted for three long years, and Brouillard repeatedly went to school officials for action, but they did nothing.
Also see Phoebe Prince Commits Suicide After Onslaught of Cyber-Bullying from Classmates.
And Phoebe Prince was Harassed to Death for Dating Her Tormentors' Boyfriends.