A 15-year-old California girl hanged herself a week after three classmates photographed themselves sexually assaulting her at a 2012 party. She reportedly was petrified the boys would circulate the photos online and believed gossip about her was spreading widely, according to philly.com.
And perhaps it was spreading widely.
Audrie Pott’s story has captivated those concerned with teen bullying, which appears to be on the rise with the help of smartphones and social media.
A wrongful death trial this month in San Jose will determine whether bullying played a role in the girl’s suicide. What do you think?
Lawyers are scheduled to argue Wednesday over what evidence the jury will hear, while opening statements are expected to start next week.
The three boys, now high school seniors, and other teens are expected to deliver uncomfortable and emotional testimony about the party where Audrie was sexually assaulted after passing out drunk, as well as about other events leading up to her death.