Mother of Bully in Pheobe Prince Case Speaks Out
Phoebe Prince has been back in the news this week and now we are learning the identities of the bullies and what they are being charged with — violation of civil rights with bodily injury, stalking and even rape to name a few. They have been charged as youth offenders meaning the cases are treated as if they are adults.
Phoebe Prince was a 15 year-old girl who recently moved to South Hadley, Massachusetts from Ireland. She dated a senior boy and the bullies did not like it. So, they abused her relentlessly and she hung herself after walking home from school one afternoon. Her 12 year-old sister was the one to find her hanging.
The bullies continued to mock Phoebe after she died. The adults at South Hadley High School have not been charged in this case. There have been many questions as to who's at fault, including the parents and the adult supervision at the school.
One of the bullies, 16 year-old Sharon Chanon Velazquez, has been charged with stalking and violation of civil rights resulting in bodily injury.
She cried as she learned of these charges against her. Her mother, Angeles Chanon, has publicly defended her actions.
According to Chanon, “She exchanged a couple of words with her,” refusing to specify what her daughter said in the confrontations. “My daughter never fought with her or said, ‘Go harm yourself,’ or ‘I hate you.’ ” Also, “Phoebe was calling her names. They’re teenagers. They call names,” Chanon said. “She did not physically assault (her). I know she knows better than that. I wouldn’t accept that.” She insists that Sharon has been raised in a home with values where there is no tolerance to racial or bullying behaviors.Continued on the next page