NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Six Massachusetts teens are facing rape, assault and other charges after a schoolmate they're accused of bullying killed herself in January.
A prosecutor says the bullying was "unrelenting" and "intolerable" for 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, who had recently moved to western Massachusetts from Ireland. District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel says the girl was stalked and harassed nearly constantly for four months.
Three other students face delinquency charges in the case. The prosecutor says there may be more charges.
Scheibel says the actions happened primarily on school grounds while classes were in session but says school officials won't face criminal charges.
She says Prince's family has asked that the public not purse vigilante justice and instead allow the judicial system to provide some justice for their daughter.
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: Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel, center, speaks at a news conference Monday, March 29, 2010, in Northampton, Mass., where she said nine teens had been charged in the "unrelenting" bullying of Phoebe Prince, 15, of South Hadley, Mass., a teenage girl from Ireland who killed herself in January after being raped and enduring months of torment by classmates in person and online. At left is South Hadley Police Chief David LaBrie and at right is First Deputy Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Dunphy Farris.