Justice for Phoebe Prince: First of Six Teens is Charged in Bullying Suicide Case

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  


Shirley E.
Shirley E6 years ago

Sometimes the evidence just doesn't hold up to prove what people think has happened. I went to a court case the other day where a truck driver was charged with exposing himself while driving on a motorway - and he DIDN'T get done for dangerous driving, although his excitement was making him swerve all over the place!

Annmarie Olsson
Annmarie Olsson6 years ago

Group psychology take a fast grip on peoples characters, to the worse. People standing aside while this horrific things is let happen, share just as much guilt, is my point of view. 'Nobody sees anything' or 'have heard nothing' in tese cases. The truth is they don't wan't to hear because they don't care. Afterwards they are all ' so sorry'. Well, be sorry, be angry, and have courage to fight for the person being bullied. Stand up for her or him and show that you don't accept these cowards bullying someone else. Make them regret that they ever was thinking of it - yes, I mean what I say. Bullying is pure evil.

Jux C.
Past Member 6 years ago

why weren't they stopped sooner?

Ed Gould
Ed G6 years ago

Well I would have prefered her to be charged with manslaughter.
The wimpy sentence should have a lot more bite in it.

Glenda L.
Glenda L6 years ago

What a terrible shame!! She was such a beautiful girl. Why isn't there more help for these kids before it gets that bad!!

Empress Ginger
Ginger Strivelli6 years ago

Karma will punish them harsher, thank the Gods!

Emily Anne G.
Emily Anne G6 years ago

I can't stand it when people say "they're just words", like "they can't hurt anybody". Or, even worse, when people see that what they're doing is really hurting someone and they DON'T CARE enough to stop. Seriously, people, if everyone shoved their petty animosities aside and greeted each other with a smile, the day would seem so much better.

Pamela E.
Pamela Ellis6 years ago

Do you think the parents of underprivileged kids want Sean Mulveyhill to work with their children for 100 hours? I don't think so. He needs to be in a "reformatory" environment and not free to inflict harm on unsuspecting "others."

christopher murray

Would I have liked to see the teens who caused this punished more, yes. However, working in the legal field as i do, i know that is not possible. Its sad the Phoebe moved ehre from Ireland, and got this sort of American greeting. Its sad that this young girl's life is over, and this is how we learn our lessons, is someone like Phoebe has to die first. When the hell are we going to break this goddamn cycle so that no more Phoebe Princes have to die first before we learn our lesson!

Doug D.
Doug D6 years ago

She got off way to easy....