Father of suicide girl hits out at her school
THE father of Phoebe Prince, who died by suicide after a campaign of bullying against her, has criticised the US school where she was targeted, writes Colin Gleeson.
The 15-year-old Irish schoolgirl took her life in January after being tormented by a gang of bullies in her US school in Massachusetts.
Jeremy Prince, a gardener from Co Clare, said his daughter felt there was no point in telling her family about the bullying.
"Phoebe's perception -- and I think it was the correct one -- is that if she had told us, we would have been down at the school ranting and raving, but that the school would not do anything about it and it would actually get worse," he said.
"The whole culture was wrong at that school. The school turned a blind eye for administrative reasons. They closed ranks. The adults at the high school responded to this like administrators, not educators.
"I think the district attorney is setting an example: this behaviour will not be tolerated, it is against the law."
He said he did not think the teens charged in the case should go to prison, as long as they acknowledged what they did to Phoebe and apologised for it.