Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Settlement reached in suicide case

Phoebe Prince's parents settled claims over bullying for 225,000 US dollars

A lawsuit brought by the parents of Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old Irish immigrant in Massachusetts who committed suicide after relentless bullying, was settled for 225,000 US dollars.

The settlement was reached more than a year ago, but the details were not disclosed until Tuesday after a journalist won a court order for the release of the information.

The documents show that Prince's parents settled claims against the town of South Hadley and its school department for 225,000 US dollars.

In return, the parents promised to release the plaintiffs from any further claims. The American Civil Liberties Union represented Slate reporter Emily Bazelon.

Phoebe hanged herself in January 2010 after classmates taunted her after she dated a popular boy. Five students later accepted plea deals in criminal cases connected with bullying that preceded her death.

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