Prince hanged herself in her home, days after accepting an invitation to a winter school dance and only months after immigrating to the small western Massachusetts town from Ireland. Her younger sister found Prince's body in the stairwell leading to the family's second-story apartment.
Five of the teens have been charged with, among other things, violation of civil rights resulting in bodily injury. One of those, a 17-year-old male, has also been charged with statutory rape. An 18-year-old male faces only statutory rape charges. Three 16-year-old South Hadley girls face delinquency charges that include the civil rights offense, criminal harassment and disturbance of a school assembly.
Of the six students facing the severest charges, three are still students at the school and three were expelled in February.
"These students' lives have also been dramatically altered, and they won't be graduating from South Hadley High School," Principal Daniel T. Smith said at the time.
The Prince family has not spoken publicly about the girl's suicide. In a death notice printed in the Springfield Republican newspaper, they wrote:
"What her family and friends from both sides of the Atlantic grieve is the loss of the incandescent enthusiasm of a life blossoming," the notice read. "She enjoyed life with an energy only the young possess."
The Associated Press contributed to this story.