TODAY | May 06, 2011
>>> accused of bullying phoebe prince so that she took her own life have taken plea deals but not before her mother had her say. jeff rossen has the latest this morning. good morning.
>> reporter: good morning. after all of the pain, all of the suffering and it has been intense and long. about a year and a half since phoebe 's death, prosecutors are putting the wraps on the criminal case that's officially over. five of the bullies reached plea deals. no jail time for them and the d.a. dropped charges against the sixth and final student involved. they did not get away scot-free here. decision to probation and community service , the victim's mother confronted the bullies in court, face to face , crying and some of them couldn't take it. is there anything you want to say to phoebe or her family?
>> absolutely not.
>> reporter: sharon velasquez was stoic but tears. turns out phoebe prince's mother had plenty to say. moments of outrage.
>> sharon's anger and aggression would have scared me, an adult. i can only imagine the terror in phoebe .
>> reporter: and moments of pure pain.
>> i will not be spending the summer teaching her to drive. no. this summer i will be negotiating with stone cutters who will design and cut the celtic cross for her head stone .
>> reporter: she lived in fear of bullies. three of the so-called mean girls appeared in court. all of them admitting to misdemeanor criminal harassment.
>> are you admitting to those facts freely, willingly and voluntarily?
>> yes, sir.
>> yes, your honor.
>> reporter: for the bullies sentenced to probation and 50 to 100 hours of community service , it is the end of a horrible chapter, but for phoebe 's family, it is forever. they want the kids involved to know it.
>> phoebe drew a sketch -- on one of the folders. it was a candle with a flame and underneath she'd written, there is always a light. phoebe tried to be strong, but sometimes people want nothing more than to break you. she gave me some of the happiest moments of my life. my baby.
>> reporter: this week five of the accused bullies struck plea deals keeping them out of jail. late thursday, the d.a. dropped the charges against the sixth student. the criminal case is over.
>> the era of turning a blind eye to bullying and harassment is over.
>> reporter: but before the day was done, a surprise twist in court. phoebe 's mother found the strength to compliment one of her daughter's tormenters, ashley , who asked for a private meeting before the hearing.
>> it was not easy for her to sit across from me not knowing what i might say to her, but i am very satisfied that the accountability and genuine remorse we have been asking for has been offered to me by ashley . i think with the right support system in place to help her, ashley could go far.
>> reporter: quite a day in court. around here, a lot of parents of the past year and a half ever since this happened blamed school officials inside south hadly high for what happened saying they knew the bullying was going on but turned a blind eye , did nothing to stop it. prosecutors are weighing in saying while school official behavior was troublesome, it was not criminal. there will be no criminal charges filed against school officials here.
>> all right. jeff rossen , a tough story to hear. thank you very much.