Three of the nine Massachusetts teens charged in connection with the suicide of a 15-year-old girl pleaded not guilty today through their lawyers.
Sean Mulveyhill, 17, and Austin Renaud, 18, were charged with the statutory rape of Phoebe Prince. Charges against Kayla Narey, 17, include civil rights violations and harassment.
Phoebe, a student at South Hadley High School, hanged herself at home Jan. 14 after a long period of what prosecutors called unrelenting harassment.
School officials should be held accountable for her death because they knew she was being bullied, a friend and spokeswoman for her family said earlier today.
"You've got a number of kids who've been charged with severe charges; what about the adults that supervised the school?" Darby O'Brien said today on "Good Morning America."
Nine students, including the captain of the high school football team, have been charged in connection with Phoebe's death.
O'Brien said school superintendent Gus Sayer, school committee chairman Edward Boisselle and principal Dan Smith "are clueless and they've been clueless since the beginning."
Sayer has maintained that the school only learned of the bullying shortly before the teen's suicide. The school board said it would review the evidence from the district attorney's investigation, which it said had not come to light in its own investigation.
O'Brien said today that Phoebe's aunt spoke to the school at the beginning of the year and that her mother, Ann Prince, "had been in in early November" to discuss the situation.
But since Phoebe's death, O'Brien said, "the superintendent has said they never heard from the Prince family ... they said that to me.
"I think what it gets down to [is], you had principal Smith conducting the investigation that involved him and his staff. ... It was slow to start fast to finish," O'Brien said. "The question the public has is, 'Who are you going to trust?'"
O'Brien also questioned why an emergency session of the school committee hasn't been called since the charges were filed.
The father of a girl who he says was harshly bullied by some of the same teens charged in connection with Phoebe's suicide said he has experienced guilt about having sent his daughter to South Hadley High School.
"I feel mortified," Brouillard told "Good Morning America." "I sent my kid to the school hoping she would be safe."
His 17-year-old daughter was tormented for years, Brouillard said.
"They came up behind her, slammed her into the locker and this one individual just beat the tar out of her," he said. "She's endured mental abuse with all the media out there as far as Facebook and text messaging. This was a 24/7 ordeal for her."
It was an apparent ordeal for Phoebe, too.
In announcing the charges against the nine teens last week, Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel described a "nearly three-month campaign" of verbal assaults and threats.
In at least one instance, a girl allegedly hit Phoebe with a soft drink can.
All but one of the students declined to comment to ABC News.
Colin Keefe, an attorney for one of the suspects, said his client, Sharon Velazquez, 16, had been "tried and convicted unfairly by the general public.
"This is someone who could be your next door neighbor, it could be your daughter," he said.
Keefe said his client is now the focus of threats herself.