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Phoebe Prince Suicide: Now 5 Teens Pleading Guilty In This Terrible Bullying Case

Thu, May 5, 2011 4:00pm EDT by Add first Comment

The 15-year-old Irish immigrant hanged herself after she was harassed for dating boys who had gone out with her Massachusetts high-school tormentors.

Phoebe Prince‘s suicide shocked the nation when it was revealed that she felt she was driven to kill herself in the face of unrelenting taunting and name-calling by her classmates at South Hadley High School. Now five of the six teens accused of driving the freshman to suicide are pleading guilty in the case — sparing her family the agony of further court proceedings.

Ashley Longe, Flannery Mullins and Sharon Velazquez were likely to agree to plea deals May 5, The Associated Press reports. Sean Mulveyhill and Kayla Narey entered pleas May 4, according to CNN.

Prosecutors say the five — along with another teen who still faces charges — carried out “systematic bullying” of Phoebe, who killed herself in a stairwell of her family’s home on Jan. 14, 2010 — after weeks of ridicule and teasing. On her last day alive, she was tormented in the school library and as she walked home crying.

With the plea deals, Phoebe’s grief-stricken family can avoid having to endure more hearings and possible trials. The teen suspects have to admit that their harassment of Phoebe amounted to crimes.