The father of Phoebe Prince says he doesn’t want revenge or even tough justice against the people who bullied his daughter before she committed suicide. He’s simply seeking an apology.
“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 her South Hadley, Mass., high school.
The most serious charge the group faces is the civil rights violation with bodily injury offense, which carries a 10-year maximum prison sentence. But 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,” says Prince. “The latter path is mine.”