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Saturday 18 January 2020

Phoebe Prince suicide: Loss will never ease says dad

Phoebe Prince
Phoebe Prince
Jeremy Prince, left, father of Phoebe
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

THE heartbroken father of Phoebe Prince, the young Irish student who took her own life after suffering months of bullying at her US school, has said his sense of loss will never go away.

However, Jeremy Prince said he is now living for his 15-year-old daughter Lauren as he leads an anti-bullying campaign in Irish schools.

"Obviously, the sense of loss will never go away but there is also the sense of the future, because I have another little girl to look after. Looking after her is obviously a vital role and means everything to me.

"I'm focusing really very much on my little girl at the moment and the future of all children," he added.

Speaking to the Irish Independent in Dublin yesterday, Mr Prince said bullying was "endemic" in South Hadley High School in Massachusetts long before Phoebe began attending there. He claimed school management turned a blind eye to it. "They didn't want to know, which meant the bullies were able to get away with it -- and did -- until these drastic things happened."

Phoebe was found hanging in her home by Lauren, who was then aged 12, in January 2010. . Five students were charged in connection with her death and sentenced to community service or probation.

Mr Prince, who is a patron of the National Anti-Bullying Coalition said the group wants to see schools take a "uniform approach" to tackling bullying.

Irish Independent

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