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Nine charged with bullying Mass. teen who killed self


Nine teens have been charged in the “unrelenting” bullying of a teenage girl from Ireland who killed herself after being raped and enduring months of torment by classmates in person and online, reports the Associated Press. Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel said 15-year-old Phoebe Prince of South Hadley, Mass., was stalked and harassed nearly constantly from September until she killed herself Jan. 14. The freshman had recently moved to western Massachusetts from Ireland. Six teens—four girls and two boys—face charges including statutory rape, assault, violation of civil rights resulting in injury, criminal harassment, disturbance of a school assembly, and stalking. Three younger girls face delinquency charges. Scheibel said school officials knew about the bullying, but none will face criminal charges. Some students accused of participating in the bullying have been disciplined by the school and will not be returning to classes. The Massachusetts Legislature cited Prince’s death and the apparent suicide of 11-year-old Carl Walker-Hoover of Springfield last year when members passed anti-bullying legislation earlier this month…

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