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10 years on: Phoebe Prince, her death and the bullies

The death pretty Irish teenager, a decade ago this month, made headlines around the world. Donal Lynch looks at the impact of the case and what came next for her family and the bullies who drove her to suicide

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Happier times... Phoebe moved from Doolin, Co Clare to 
Massachusetts for a better life

Happier times... Phoebe moved from Doolin, Co Clare to Massachusetts for a better life

Defendant Michelle Carter listens in court. Photo: AP

Defendant Michelle Carter listens in court. Photo: AP

Darren Hughes Gibson

Darren Hughes Gibson

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Happier times... Phoebe moved from Doolin, Co Clare to Massachusetts for a better life

The courtroom image of the young man with the crew cut still elicits a grim sense of recognition. Sean Mulveyhill, now 27, has matured from the chubby teenager who made worldwide headlines a decade ago, but his notoriety was renewed this past year as he stood accused of further misdeeds.

A 21-year old female student issued a sworn affidavit in which she alleged that Mulveyhill, who was working as a campus bartender at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, had forced her to "involuntarily engage in sexual relations". In the end no charges were brought in the case but Mulveyhill was placed on administrative leave from his job and the college issued a statement saying it would review its hiring practices. A Massachusetts judge also granted a number of protection orders against Mulveyhill. It all felt like history repeating.


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