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A 12 year old dies. Do you still think bullying is Okay?

Anonymous
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This happened not far from where i live at, My dd was telling me about because they were talking a but it in school Yesterday. This happens all of the time all over the country. 



(LAKELAND, Fla.) — A 12-year-old Florida girl committed suicide after she was bullied online by more than a dozen girls and a sheriff said Thursday that he is investigating whether he can file charges under Florida’s new law that covers cyber-bullying.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said that Rebecca Ann Sedwick jumped to her death on Monday at an old cement business in Lakeland, a city between Tampa and Orlando. Investigators say the girl was despondent after others had posted hate messages about her online.

Sedwick was “absolutely terrorized on social media,” Judd said.

The Lakeland Ledger (http://bit.ly/1enEgI5) reports that detectives found multiple social media applications where Sedwick was constantly bullied with messages, including “Go kill yourself,” and “Why are you still alive?”

He said parents of all 15 girls have cooperated with detectives and several cellphones and laptops have been confiscated. Judd said charges could be filed — including cyber stalking.

“If we can get any evidence of a criminal offense, the person or persons involved will be punished,” he said.

Before her death, Sedwick had searched questions online related to suicide, including “How many over-the-counter drugs do you take to die?” and “How many Advil do you have to take to die?”

Detectives also found photos of Sedwick with razor blades lying on her arms and with her head resting on a railroad track, Judd said.

Judd said a 12-year-old boy in North Carolina, who Sedwick met through social media, knew of her plan. Sedwick messaged him only hours before her death saying she was dead and “I’m jumping, I can’t take it anymore.”

Sedwick also changed her name on a free messaging application to “That Dead Girl.”

Judd said detectives are trying to investigate the social media applications that Sedwick used, including Kik and Ask.fm, but many of the websites are based in other countries.

If detectives can find evidence, according to Florida law, the girls could be charged with felony cyber stalking because Sedwick was under 16 years old.

“If you bully somebody online and it’s reported to us and we can build a credible case, we will charge you,” Judd said.



Read more: http://nation.time.com/2013/09/12/bullied-12-year-old-florida-girl-commits-suicide/#ixzz2gEXuKzSK

Posted by Anonymous on Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:41 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:45 PM

bump

JamieBue38
by Jamie on Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:46 PM
A girl around the same age committed suicide here in CO as well. It's ridiculous how some kids go out of their way just to make someone hate themselves so much that they feel so worthless. Smh
TrouserMouse
by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:47 PM
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Where have you heard bullying is okay? No one thinks that. It is the definition of bullying that is questioned.
susannah2000
by Platinum Member on Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:48 PM
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Stupid headline. No one thinks bullying is "okay."

U-R-Beautiful
by Ring around the Rozy on Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:48 PM
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:(

My friend found her daughter dead in her backyard.

Her daughter killed herself because of bullies at school. She was around 12 yrs old as well. So sad. :(
FireCoyote
by Silver Member on Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:49 PM

I never thought it was okay. I HATE parents who allow their children to be so rude towards another human being.

luckysevenwow
by Platinum Member on Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:49 PM
I agree.

Quoting TrouserMouse:

Where have you heard bullying is okay? No one thinks that. It is the definition of bullying that is questioned.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:49 PM
No one thinks this is okay. :/ Poor girl. Hopefully the Sherrie can charge the people involved.
Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:49 PM
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I have read it on here. I have heard people on cafemom call the victims of bullying crybabies ect.... Tell the parent to tell their kid to toughen up, stop raising babies ect.... I have even heard it being called kids being kids. This usually comes from parents who were bully growing up as well.

Quoting TrouserMouse:

Where have you heard bullying is okay? No one thinks that. It is the definition of bullying that is questioned.


nsykes3
by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:50 PM

That is so sad.

My son was being bullied by the same kid again this year and I called the school to talk to the princple an she basically wrote me off because she needed to prepare for a meeting. I met with my son's teacher and she wa disgusted that the princple just acted like it was nothing. The same boy brought a knife to the bus stop and wasn't even disaplined. Best part is the princple is a pregnant mom. I bet if it were her kids she woud give a S*&(!

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