Florida Teen Suicide Due to Bullying by Two Other Teens

Oct 17, 2013

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Cyberbullying, would you do it?

This week, Polk County Florida police arrested a 14-year-old and a 12-year-old girl for aggravated stalking (3rd degree felony) in the bullying case of 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick, who committed suicide last month.

The two girls bullied Rebecca physically and online for months. Rebecca ended her life last month.

Sheriff Judd of the Polk County police department said this week that he was stunned by the 14-year-old girl’s Facebook post about bullying. In that post, the bully admitted to harassing Rebecca and that she didn't care that Rebecca had died. The alleged cybertools used by the bullies were Facebook, Kik Messenger (messaging app) and Ask.fm (social networking site).

The 14-year-old girl admitted that she bullied Rebecca. Among other things, she sent Rebecca a message on Facebook saying nobody liked her. She sent Rebecca a text message indicating she wanted to fight Rebecca. Rebecca was urged to kill herself and to drink bleach. The older girl turned Rebecca’s friends against her. She threatened to bully anyone trying to befriend Rebecca.

Sheriff Judd wanted to arrest the two bully's parents but "reserved his harshest words for the girl’s parents for failing to monitor her behavior." Judd said, “I’m aggravated that the parents are not doing what parents should do: after she is questioned and involved in this, why does she even have a device?”

And further said, “Parents, who instead of taking that device and smashing it into a thousand pieces in front of that child, say her account was hacked.”

Finally, Judd said: “Watch what your children do online. Pay attention. Quit being their best friend and be their best parent.”

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Quote source: NY Times