Settlement for bullying victim's parents made public
Phoebe Prince, right, committed suicide after being bullied by classmates.
December 29th, 2011
10:58 AM ET

Settlement for bullying victim's parents made public

By Leigh Remizowski, CNN
(CNN) - The parents of a 15-year-old Massachusetts high school student who committed suicide after being bullied by her classmates received a nearly quarter-million-dollar settlement, according to documents made public after a months-long attempt to uncover details of the agreement.

The settlement was reached with the town of South Hadley in November of 2010, but it was only made public Tuesday after a reporter successfully sued to gain access to the records.

The reporter, Emily Bazelon from Slate Magazine, filed the public records lawsuit on December 2 with assistance from the American Civil Liberties Union, after first requesting the documents in May.

Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup on Friday ordered the settlement be made public, adding that Bazelon "demonstrated that she, in her role as a news reporter, and the public have a First Amendment right to access the information contained in these settlement documents."

The agreement centers around the case of Phoebe Prince, whose body was found last year hanging in the stairway leading to her family's second-floor apartment.

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  1. bblue

    The monitary settlement is or should be a private.this family lost their daughter. until bullies are held accountable for their actions their will be more victims.

    December 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm |