No one will ever forget the tragic case of Phoebe Prince –- the 15-year-old who committed suicide after intense bullying from her peers.
Six teens were charged in connection with Prince’s suicide and just this week the first of the six teens was sentenced. Sean Mulveyhill, 18, who plead guilty to a single misdemeanor charge of criminal harassment in the case was sentenced to one year probation which carries a number of provisions including:
- 100 hours of community service working specifically with underprivileged or at-risk youth
- GED completion
- No contact with the Prince family (unless they have consented)
- No financial gain from his role in the case
Mulveyhill was Prince’s former boyfriend and captain of the South Hadley High football team. The end of their relationship sparked the wave of bullying that ultimately led to Prince’s suicide.
At the hearing Prince’s mother, Anne O’Brien, noted that she had trusted Mulveyhill “to care for and guide her daughter as a new student.”
O’Brien said, “Had I known the truth, I would have viewed his interest in my daughter as predatory.”
Let’s hope that Mulveyhill — and students everywhere — has grown from this experience and acknowledges the extreme power words and bullying can have on another person.
Photo copyright: Phoebe Prince picture above; family photo - http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/03/holding_for_pho.html