In his first interview after his child's suicide, Phoebe Prince's dad recommended "leniency" for her alleged bullies. Should we care?
Slate's Emily Bazelon, who last week questioned whether the six teenagers indicted in Prince's suicide had really bullied her to death, spoke with Jeremy Prince, who says that he didn't see his daughter as depressed in her final months, but "what I didn't see was Phoebe in school. Perhaps if I had, that would have made a big difference. It is the great tragedy of my life that I was not there." He doesn't, however, necessarily crave a legal response to this tragedy. He says, "If someone is punished disproportionately to what they've done, that would be wrong," and adds, "You want to see the law acknowledged, and reasonable penalties, but without making an example of them." Summing up his attitude on the subject, he says,