Rebecca Sedwick Suicide: Two Girls Arrested For Bullying 12-Year-Old

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Instead of boarding the school bus as usual September 10, Rebecca Sedwick changed the name on her cell phone to "That Dead Girl" and sent a text to a friend.

"I'm jumping and I can't take it anymore," the 12-year-old wrote, then proceeded to climb a tower at an abandoned cement plant and leap to her death.

Police believe Rebecca had been bullied for more than a year, and two girls, ages 12 and 14, have been charged with aggravated stalking as a result.

Deputies arrested the girls and released them to their parents' custody.

The 14-year-old girl, whose name is being withheld, allegedly began taunting Rebecca Sedwck in the halls of Crystal Lake Middle School in Lakeland, Fla.

The 14-year-old also started dating Rebecca's former boyfriend.

Rebecca was reportedly "terrorized" by as many as 15 girls on social media, receiving messages like "you should die" and "why don't you go kill yourself?"

According to police, the 14-year-old and the 12-year-old, whose name is also being withheld, stepped up the bullying. The Sherriff's Office reports:

"Several students corroborated stories of both girls bullying Sedwick ... through name-calling, intimidation, threats to beat her up, and at least one physical fight."

Rebecca switched schools, but the bullying continued online.

After Rebecca killed herself, one of the girls posted on Facebook, "yes, I believed Rebecca and she killed herself I don't give a [expletive]," police say.

"Words are hurtful," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. "They are as hurtful - and sometimes more hurtful - than sticks and stones. Ask Rebecca's family."

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Would it be too much for some new laws to be set in action to
correspond with societal change?
Like removing every cell phone,
every computer & any device that
would allow these bullies to continue this brutality? Surely
this could be enacted once there
was an official complaint made
with accompanying evidence.
These girls could have been
supervised on their computers
& then all their tools are taken
away.Why do they have Any rights
in a situation like this? Other kids
need to be taught to Stand Up
for other kids,no matter how cool
the bullies are.Laws need to be
updated & enforced or this driving
kids to suicide will just continue.
People also need to demand this
& not stop until it is initiated.

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"According to police, the 14-year-old and the 12-year-old, whose name is also being withheld, stepped up the bullying." Let me correct this since it's in our Newspaper in Tampa. "Deputies say 12-year-old Katelyn Roman and 14-year-old Guadalupe Shaw are charged with Felony Aggravated Stalking. 10 News does not typically identify suspects this young, but has chosen to identify Roman and Shaw for the following reasons:
•THE SERIOUS NATURE OF THE CHARGES. The two suspects are charged with Felony Aggravated Stalking, a serious crime that suggests a pattern of deliberate and premeditated criminal behavior.
•THE CRIME INVOLVES DEATH. Investigators allege that the pattern of abusive and threatening behavior likely contributed to Rebecca's suicide.
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All I want to know is... where were Rebecca's parents? It is obvious that if a 12 yr old commits suicide that her parents don't listen to her, don't pay attention to her, don't she her social network pages. A 12 yr old is still a little girl that should be playing with barbie dolls not with a boyfriend and her parents had the responsibility to make sure she was ok. I am sure it didn't take the poor girl 10-15 minutes to make this horrible decision. So again where were her parents to guide her and make sure she was safe?
Those other girls are just fools, but it is the parents' fault that this tragedy happened.

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@ Andie

What an ignorant narrow minded comment!! They said they switched her schools and deleted her FB account. How dare u make such judgemental comments with out ALL the facts.

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@ Andie

really? Maybe you haven't been around kids these days, but having a "boyfriend" at 12-14 is the norm. Blame her parents? Are you stupid? Did you never hid anything from your parents? Her parents could have had no indication of how severe it was.

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WTF is wrong with you people posting ads on a page where they are talking about a little girl commiting suicide.YOU people make me frickin SICK. i think that they should be put un a boot camp because they are going to keep doing it no matter
what. but if they learn an actual lesson with hard work they will kearn..no girl wants to go to boot camp.

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So tragic, I hope the girls are put in juvenile hall until they're 18.

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In my posting from a few minutes ago, I meant to use the word know instead of the word knows. MY BAD!!!!! Peace.

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The 2 bullying girls each being released into their parents' custody????? Well, I already knows what that REALLY means: (1) BOTH sets of parents are gonna do ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING to sweep the bullying incident under the rug. (2) The 2 bullying girls are gonna bully another kid soon enough. (3) And, those IDIOT PARENTS are gonna ignorantly turn another blind eye to more and future bullying. STUPID-ASS PARENTS/STUPID-ASS PARENTING!!!!!!!!!!!

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no no no, let these people free. THE PROBLEM WAS WITH THE SUÏCIDE KID!!

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@ abe

Abe...as always...you are such a fucking idiot!!!!! You really are.

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@ abe

abe-stop instigating

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@ abe

Leave, you heartless troll...

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@ abe

You abe are a sick individual, they should lock up those girls...people need to learn no one is better than anyone! Bullying is uncalled for and it starts with the parents, they need to teach their kids at a young age that it's wrong! But for you to blame the victim...shame on you!

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@ abe

@Abe NOBODY deserves to be bullied!!! No matter who and what the problem is!!!!!!!!!!!

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