5 Charged In Mass. Bullying Case Strike Deals

Five teenagers have agreed to admit to a minor charge in the bullying of a 15-year-old Massachusetts girl who later committed suicide.

A person familiar with the teen's plea negotiations with prosecutors said the deals are expected to be presented in court next week, where they must be approved by a judge. The person has direct knowledge of the discussions but spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the case.

The teens are charged in the bullying of Phoebe Prince, who hanged herself in her family's South Hadley apartment last year after what a prosecutor called "relentless" bullying.

The teens are expected to plead guilty to criminal harassment. More serious charges will be dropped.

A sixth teen charged in the case has not reach a deal.

This program aired on April 27, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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