2 Girls Arrested After Bullied Girl Kills Herself
Girls charged with felony stalking in Rebecca Sedwick case
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 15, 2013 9:23 AM CDT
Pallbearers wearing anti-bullying T-shirts carry the casket of Rebecca Sedwick,12, to a waiting hearse as they exit a funeral home Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Bartow, Fla.   (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

(Newser) – Two girls have been arrested in the death of a 12-year-old central Florida girl who authorities say committed suicide after being bulled online for nearly a year, a sheriff said. The girls are 12 and 14, and they have been charged with felony aggravated stalking, Polk County authorities say. Officials have said Rebecca Sedwick was "terrorized" by as many as 15 girls who ganged up on her for months using online message boards and texts. On Sept. 9, authorities say, Rebecca climbed a tower at an abandoned concrete plant and hurled herself to her death.

The bullying began over a "boyfriend issue," and Rebecca had become depressed, Sheriff Grady Judd has said. After the suicide, police looked at her computer and found searches for topics including "what is overweight for a 13-year-old girl," and suicide methods. One of her screensavers also showed Rebecca with her head resting on a railroad track. Florida has a bullying law named after a teenager who killed himself after being harassed by classmates. Amended July 1 to cover cyberbullying, the law leaves punishment to schools, though law enforcement also can seek more traditional charges.

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Ellie Oaks
Jun 21, 2014 6:23 PM CDT
It's really so sad to hear this, bullies are evrywhere and any child can be a victim anytime and anytime, its so alarming, luckily anti-bullying is strongly campaigned right now. let me just share you something which can really be helpful for your child when they encounter bullying..Promise this is really a life saver mobile app. Check this out! http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home
Oct 16, 2013 12:15 PM CDT
Read the full story in the New York Times. Sheriff Judd is correct in his actions and public statements. Its too bad more serious charges cannot be brought against those individuals who did the stalking.
Oct 16, 2013 8:30 AM CDT
This story is so very poorly written, OMG,it's very difficult to get the jest of the story for trying to get through this poor wording, I cannot believe that the Associate Press, had this story published, the editor and writer should be terminate.