NORTHHAMPTON, Mass., April 7 (UPI) -- Three teenagers have pleaded innocent in the bullying case of a South Hadley, Mass., girl who killed herself in January, their lawyers said.
Defense lawyers entered the pleas on behalf of the three, who waived their appearance at a hearing Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court.
Sean Mulveyhill, 17, and Austin Renaud, 18, pleaded innocent to statutory rape, and Mulveyhill and Kayla Narey, 17, pleaded innocent to violation of civil rights, criminal harassment, and disturbance of a school assembly, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday.
Phoebe Prince, 15, allegedly was relentlessly taunted at South Hadley High School last fall in her first year at the school after her family moved to Massachusetts from Ireland.
Prince allegedly was taunted with vulgar insults, including being called an "Irish slut," partially because of her relationship with a popular senior boy at the school.
Three other teens, Flannery Mullins, Sharon Velazquez and Ashley Longe, all 16, were to be arraigned later this week in Hampshire-Franklin Juvenile Court. They are charged with civil rights violations and stalking.