DA defends modest sentences in Phoebe Prince bullying case - The Boston Globe
In the case of the Massachusetts teenager who committed suicide over the relentless and incredulous bullying that took place upon Phoebe Prince, a plea agreement was established between the perpetrators and the District Attorney's Office on Thursday, May 5th 2011. Five teenagers were sentenced to misdemeanor level probation consisting of fines and community service. But officials stated it was not the sentencing of the teens that showed the hands of lady justice, however, it was the international and national public media attention that was bestowed upon the bullies that was the ultimate punishment for the teens.
In court, public apologies and regret overflowed from some. The family of Phoebe Prince never wanted felony charges for the teens. According to the family it wasn't about jail.
There is definitely a trend in taking bullying cases seriously. Although it must be understood that bullying today is much more dangerous and deadly then ever before. To compare bullying to schoolyard bullying of the 60's, 70's, 80's and even 90's is preposterous. With the increase of violence and threats via the Internet, upswing in gang violence and family violence bullying is much more then a "who stole my apple." It is highly important for adults to be educated on bullying too. They are the advocates for their children.