(On a side note, today is the 65-year anniversary of the hanging of German pastor Dietrich Boenhoffer by the Nazis at the Flossenburg Concentration Camp. The hero was executed during the fierce fighting that stopped the Nazi machine during WWII. Three weeks later Hitler and his mistress committed suicide and the German army surrendered.)
Usually the press doesn’t divulge the names of juveniles being charged with crimes, particularly when rape is among them. In the case of Phoebe Prince an exception was made. I was even able to find a couple of pictures.
This is Sean Mulveyhill. He is 17 years old and the cause of the original uproar; his original girlfriend, Kayla Narey, became viciously jealous of Phoebe when she dated Sean briefly. Their third-wheel friend, Ashley Longe, screamed a derogatory comment too foul to post here and threw a can of Red Bull at Phoebe as she walked home on the day she hung herself. All three called Phoebe a “whore” and wrote derogatory comments about her Irish heritage on the class sign-in sheet.
The caption he’d put on this picture read, “whos that hott kid” [sic]. Um…not you, sugar. You’re a little sociopath right along with your two girlfriends. It makes sense that you’re a hippie, though. I’ve never met a hippie that I liked.
Most of the kids, it turns out, removed their MySpace and Facebook profiles when their names became public. Here’s a picture of all six from a yearbook:
It’s hard to see this kind of thing and feel any sympathy whatsoever for the group of junior demons who treated Phoebe in such a horrible way. There is a singular Facebook group in support of Mulveyhill and Renaud; both boys are charged with statutory rape (both were older than Phoebe, who was only 15, and the age of consent in Maine is 16). The page is private and all you can see is a description that the page is there to support the boys through this “tough time.” I cannot believe there’s still a soul outside their immediate families who thinks these monsters did no wrong.
Poking fun at politicians and celebrities is one thing. Ganging up on a classmate and doing your level best to run that person into the ground and make their lives miserable is wrong beyond words. I post pictures and names so the general public can see the reality of bullying: bullies aren’t just oversized jocks and super-cool kids. They come in all shapes, sizes and genders. Girls can be exceptionally cruel.
In my adult life I’ve worked in robbery investigations for a bank, I’ve been a corrections officer (prison guard), and I’m now an EMT and a fraud investigator. I’ve dealt with some of the greatest monsters society has ever seen. I wouldn’t give any of it back to return to my days in elementary, junior high or high school where I was bullied with the same ferocity that these brats bullied Phoebe. From now on, any case I see in the press involving this kind of bullying will be posted here along with any pictures I can find.
Each and every one of you should be ashamed, but you won’t be. You’ll defend yourselves to the end because you have never been the target of other bullies and you have no idea what kind of pain you caused not only Phoebe but her family and friends. What you did was inexcusable and you deserve every moment of bad karma you get from it. I hope that someday you come to understand the horror of what you did, though I will not hold my breath. Considering the brazenly insensitive comments you posted on Phoebe’s memorial page, I think you’ll all go to your graves enjoying your own cruelty. Know now that there is absolutely nothing cool about what you did. You are the villains for a number of very, very good reasons.
Go to hell. All of you.