UPDATED: Third, fourth teen admit guilt in Prince bullying case
Ashley Longe, left, Flannery Mullins, center, and Sharon Chanon Velazquez, right, all from South Hadley, sit during a hearing Sept.
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#1 May 7, 2011
I live in Sydney, Australia. I am a 62 year old male. I still have vivid memories of being on the receiving end of bullies at the college I attended in the early 1960ís. Those memories are as fresh today as they were then Ė nearly 50 years ago.
I have just read an article in the Sydney Morning Herald. The article describes the death of Phoebe Prince. Her death can be laid squarely at the feet of Sharon Chanon Velazquez, Flannery Mullins and Ashley Longe. Words cannot express the disgust and anger I feel towards these young arrogant and selfish females. Their actions were done with deliberate malice, and probably with an element of enjoyment as they put the boot in.
Phoebe Prince is dead forever and the only sanction suffered by these repugnant individuals is probation for a year. I doubt this sanction will have the desired effect. They will laugh it off as is the custom of the bully.
The attitude of the legal minds that pretend to defend these monsters is so predictable. They look for every means to minimize the culpability of the bullies and denigrate the life of Phoebe Prince.
Phoebe Prince had a life worth living. She did not deserve to die. It takes a great deal of suffering from the bully before suicide is contemplated. Such an outcome can only arise from the depths of despair. A depth that Phoebe Prince was relentlessly driven by the naming calling gutless wonders exhibited by Sharon Chanon Velazquez, Flannery Mullins and Ashley Longe.
I am looking at a colour photograph of Sharon Chanon Velazquez. Who could ever guess that this young blonde female could be so destructive of human life? Oh yes, she may shed her crocodile tears for the world to see. I for one donít believe it. I still live with the memory of what I endured from people just like her over 50 years ago.
The punishment handed down to Sharon Chanon Velazquez and her cohorts is manifestly inadequate. They are responsible for the death of another human being. A mere slap on the wrist is not good enough. And what about the parents of these wayward females. What about them? The adult s that instilled the attitude of the bully. They should also be required to answer for the conduct of their offspring and be made to justify the values they passed on.
I would like to see these unpleasant females directed to serve a community based sentence for the next 5 years in all manner of public service, including time spent as orderlies in a hospital. Perhaps then they might learn about the sanctity of human life and its value.
Law Reform Advocate
Auckland, New Zealand
#2 Feb 24, 2015
this is a blast from the past. We met in Auckland many years ago but since then I've been obliged to pull away from SST in NZ because my husband was extremely ill with cancer for three years. He's okay now but life at that time was impossible to describe.
I'd like to hear from you, how things are going, are you still working at what you've been doing for so long? What a great shame it is that all lawyers don't care as much as you do about the hopeless, helpless and lost. Imagine if every lawyer in the land rose up in protest at the abominable sentencing the law proscribes and which judges use to the lowest degree possible. they're as bad as the people they sentence. It would be easy, too, as not all lawyers could be dropped from their job as nothing that requires a lawyer would get done - conveyancing etc but they could refuse to do court work - a mass downing of tools. It would be easy I believe - every lawyer in the country! great things would result for the public but no money for the lawyers would make it impossible.
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