THE father of Irish-born teenager Phoebe Prince says he doesn’t want revenge against the people who bullied his daughter before she committed suicide. He’s simply seeking an apology.
“I’d dearly like to see admission and contrition so that I could forgive,” Jeremy Prince tells the magazine Slate.com about the nine schoolmates charged in connection with his daughter’s death.
“If they confessed to the court and said they were sorry, I’d appeal to the court for total leniency,” Prince says in his first interview since Phoebe hanged herself after she was allegedly bullied at South Hadley high school in Massachusetts.
The most serious charge the group faces is that of causing bodily injury, and offence which carries a 10-year maximum prison sentence.
But Mr Prince says he doesn’t think such a harsh punishment may be necessary. “There are levels of culpability among the kids. You want to see the law acknowledged, and reasonable penalties, but without making an example of them,” he says.
“You can go two ways. You can look to the court for revenge or you can look for leniency,” he tells the magazine. “The latter path is mine.”
Phoebe, 15, whose family moved from Ireland to the US last autumn, was found dead on January 14 last.
Prosecutors working on the case claim that Phoebe endured many months of “bullying, stalking and harassment”.
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