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Nine Charged with Bullying Mass. Teen Who Killed Self

The Associated Press

April 1, 2010

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Insults and threats followed 15-year-old Phoebe Prince almost from her first day at South Hadley High School, targeting the Irish immigrant in the halls, library and in vicious cell phone text messages. Phoebe, ostracized for having a brief relationship with a popular boy, reached...

9 charged with bullying Mass. teen who killed self

Liz De La Torre

March 29, 2010

From The Associated Press NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Nine teens have been charged in the "unrelenting" bullying of a teenage girl from Ireland who killed herself after being raped and enduring months of torment by classmates in person and online, a prosecutor said Monday. Northwestern District Attorney...

Police: Boy, 16, made racial comment at NJ Walmart

Liz De La Torre

March 20, 2010

From The Associated Press WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. – A 16-year-old boy who police said made an announcement at Walmart ordering all black people in the southern New Jersey store to leave was charged with harassment and bias intimidation, authorities said Saturday. The boy, whose name is not...

Police: Man eyed in 2nd teen murder investigation

Liz De La Torre

March 8, 2010

From The Associated Press ESCONDIDO, Calif. – A registered sex offender charged with murdering a teen girl last month is a focus of the investigation into the death of a 14-year-old girl whose remains were found more than a year after she disappeared near her school, police said Monday. Police...

Man in Calif. teen case got light sentence in 2000

Liz De La Torre

March 2, 2010

From The Associated Press SAN DIEGO – A sex offender suspected in the disappearance of Chelsea King served only five years in prison for molesting a girl a decade ago after prosecutors rejected a psychiatrist's advice to seek a stiffer punishment, court documents state. Prosecutors said in 2000...

Teen accused of killing bro was pulled from school

Liz De La Torre

December 4, 2009

From The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS – The parents of an Indiana teen accused of strangling his 10-year-old brother to satisfy a craving to kill pulled the teen out of high school out two weeks before the killing, a school district official said Friday. Andrew Conley's parents withdrew him...

4th Chicago teen charged in videotaped beating

Liz De La Torre

November 6, 2009

From The Associated Press CHICAGO – A fourth teen is facing murder charges in the beating death of a Chicago high school honor student last month. The 14-year-old's name isn't being released. He was charged Thursday as a juvenile and is expected to appear Friday before a juvenile court judge. ...

Prosecutor: Polygamist sect man assaulted teen

Liz De La Torre

October 29, 2009

From The Associated Press ELDORADO, Texas – A 38-year-old man from a polygamist sect sexually assaulted a teenager less than half his age at the Yearning For Zion Ranch, a prosecutor charged Wednesday to open the first criminal trial since the ranch was raided. An attorney for defendant Raymond Jess...

15-year-old charged with murder of Mo. girl

Liz De La Torre

October 24, 2009

From The Associated Press ST. MARTINS, Mo. – Juvenile authorities said Saturday that a 15-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder for the death of a 9-year-old central Missouri girl found in the woods two days after she went missing. Police did not release the teen's gender or name...

Charges dropped against Ill. teen in beating death

Liz De La Torre

October 19, 2009

From The Associated Press CHICAGO – First-degree murder charges were dropped Monday against one of four teens accused in the brutal beating of a Chicago honor student that was recorded in a cell phone camera video. Eugene Bailey, 18, of Chicago, was arrested Sept. 26, two days after 16-year-ol...

Doctor: Burned Fla. teen ‘not out of woods yet’

Liz De La Torre

October 14, 2009

From The Associated Press MIAMI – A 15-year-old doused with rubbing alcohol and set on fire after he turned in another teen for trying to steal his father's bicycle is at extremely high risk for organ failure and infection, his doctor said Wednesday. Michael Brewer was heavily sedated and breat...

Judge says Dallas bomb plot case to proceed

Liz De La Torre

October 5, 2009

From The Associated Press DALLAS – A Jordanian teenager accused of trying to blow up a Dallas skyscraper researched how to use a cell phone to detonate a bomb and recorded a 7-minute video he believed would be transmitted to Osama bin Laden, an FBI agent who oversaw the investigation testified M...

Okla. teen claims he was held in closet for years

Liz De La Torre

September 28, 2009

From The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY – A woman was arrested after her 14-year-son told authorities he escaped from a home where he'd been kept for 4 1/2 years, spending most of his time locked in a bedroom closet, police said Monday. A security guard at a National Guard facility in Oklaho...

NJ teens sue over ‘God Bless America’ ejection

Liz De La Torre

September 15, 2009

From The Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. – Three teenagers who say they were tossed from a New Jersey ballpark over their refusal to stand during the song "God Bless America" are suing the minor league Newark Bears. The boys argue that their constitutional rights were violated when they were as...

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