Fujita found guilty; sentenced to life in prison without parole

March 7th, 2013

Nathaniel Fujita was today found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 killing of Lauren Astley, his high school girlfriend. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Emily Rothman, an associate professor at the School of Public Health and an expert on teen dating violence offers the following comment:

“Any incident of adolescent dating aggression is both tragic and preventable. As many as 1 in 10 high school-attending youth in the United States are hit or hurt by a dating partner every year. Currently, our state provides zero dollars to schools for healthy relationships education. This is deplorable and should be corrected immediately. State legislators and voters care about our children. Therefore, they need to take action–right away–to make sure that our schools, neighborhoods and homes are safe places for teens. Lauren Astley’s death was preventable which compounds the tragedy for us all. ”

Contact Rothman at 617-414-1385 or erothman@bu.edu.

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