NORTHAMPTON, MA (NBC) - Prosecutors in Northampton, Massachusetts revealed Monday that nine teens have been charged in the bullying of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince.
The South Hadley student took her own life on January 14. She reportedly hanged herself. District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel spoke about the incident on Monday.
"It appears that Phoebe's death on January 14 followed a torturous day for her, in which she was subjected to verbal harassment and threatened physical abuse," Scheibel said.
Of the nine people facing charges, three are juveniles, and two are facing charges of statutory rape.
The students allegedly harassed Phoebe at school, on Facebook and through text messages sent to her cell phone.
"Their conduct far exceeded the limits of normal teenage relationship-related quarrels," Scheibel said.
One of the alleged tormentors was reportedly jealous that Phoebe had planned to go a dance with a certain football player.
The Islamic State militant group released a video Tuesday that it claimed shows the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.More >>