Saturday 24 March 2018

Yes, Phoebe was vulnerable to bullying, says Dad

Victim-impact statements reveal the torment that Phoebe suffered, writes Donal Lynch

For Jeremy Prince the long wait has ended; he can finally get some closure. Last Wednesday and Thursday the long-running prosecutions against the teenagers who bullied his daughter Phoebe reached their dramatic conclusion in a Massachusetts courtroom.

In plea deals, Sharon Chanon Velazquez, 17, was sentenced to probation until her 18th birthday; Flannery Mullins, 18, was sentenced to probation until her 19th birthday, while Ashley Longe, 18, was was sentenced to probation until her 19th birthday and 100 hours community service.

At Wednesday's hearing, another former student, Kayla Narey, got a year's probation and and 100 hours community service. A fifth-form student, Sean Mulveyhill, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal harassment and was sentenced to one year's probation and 100 hours community service; both students agreed plea deals. The sixth accused, Austin Renaud, had a charge of statutory rape dropped.

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