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

Posted by Anonymous   + Show Post


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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Razzle_Dazzle1
by Platinum Member on Sep. 29, 2013 at 3:50 PM
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Yes, the parents are at fault but it is not the fault of the victim. I think the bullies should be held responsible. If more bullies were held accountable for their actions, there would be less of this bullshit. Instead, they blame the victims which only encourages the bullies.


Quoting AliKatAK47:

I had that logic as a 12/13 year old too. But like I said, where were her parents? This girl is 12. She isn't even supposed to be on most social media sites. I see this a a huge fail on the part of the parents, both of the victim and the bullies.

Quoting Razzle_Dazzle1:

It is nice that you have that logic as an adult but she was a child. Why is it always the victim's fault? These girls were agressively trying to push her to suicide but it's the victims fault because she didn't just turn the computer off?



Quoting AliKatAK47:

I stopped reading after "committed suicide" and "online bullying". The internet is not that serious. Just sign off. And I'm wondering where this kid's parents were while she was online.






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Razzle_Dazzle1
by Platinum Member on Sep. 29, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Didn't you say that you stopped reading after "Online bullying" and "Suicide"? Forgive me for interpreting that as you didn't read the post and you are passing judgment. I don't expect you to read the comments. How am I twisting your words?


Quoting Anonymous:


So I should read every comment before posting my comment, thats ridiculous.. I read the original post in its entirety but Im not reading all the comments before posting my comment.    And how about you worry about what you're doing and stop worrying about what I am doing, because you're not understanding and twisting my words , just so you can tell me...

Quoting Razzle_Dazzle1:

I know that. I am not trying to bully you. I am explaining why this is a touchy subject to me. I was also pointing out that you should read the entire thing before posting an opinion.


Quoting Anonymous:


no I dont say she should turn off the computer, you're reading it wrong, I AGREE WITH YOU and want to know why its okay for the bullies to bully me on  here?

Quoting Razzle_Dazzle1:

I am not searching for a comment to attack but I do read the comments after I post my opinion because I like to see what others think. You don't read the entire thing you simply say she should have turned off the computer? When I was bullied in school, I was told that I should just straighten my hair because they made fun of my curls or I should just learn to sit still because they teased me about my ADHD, I should just not be so smart because I was teased because I was in the advanced reading groups. It was always my faut because the teachers didn't want to get off their asses and do their jobs.


Quoting Anonymous:


Oh I agree with you, Im the anon who can't write a simple comment without the teenagers coming out and trying to bully me... I just dont get why everyone thinks Im the problem when all I usually do is write my comment and move onto the next post.. There are some who just go through the posts looking for my comment to attack.

Quoting Razzle_Dazzle1:

So she shouldn't get on the computer? How about the children responsible? Why is it never the bully's fault? By that logic, I should be allowed to shove someone off of a cliff because they shouldn't be standing close to the edge. I should be able to run a red light and hit another car because they should have been watching for other cars before they drove through the green light.


Quoting Anonymous:

because she ever agreed that bullying online happens and the victim's dont have to turn off their computers and run away , she wouldnt be able to bully someone online and use the excuse its just online, dont like it , you the victim turn off you computer if you dont like it.


Quoting Razzle_Dazzle1:

It is nice that you have that logic as an adult but she was a child. Why is it always the victim's fault? These girls were agressively trying to push her to suicide but it's the victims fault because she didn't just turn the computer off?


Quoting AliKatAK47:

I stopped reading after "committed suicide" and "online bullying". The internet is not that serious. Just sign off. And I'm wondering where this kid's parents were while she was online.



















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littlesippycup
by Ruby Member on Sep. 29, 2013 at 3:54 PM

How sad =(

Loveavision
by Gold Member on Sep. 29, 2013 at 6:42 PM
My opinion is unpopular, but seriously..kids who kill themselves because other kids are being mean had underlying problems.

I was bullied when I was younger because I was a fat "goth". I don't have self esteem issues, or suicidal thoughts.

Bullying sucks, but it happens.
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