Rebecca Sedwick Bullies Arrested: Two Teenagers Charged in Connection With Suicide of Bullied 12-Year-Old
Rebecca Ann Sedwick was a 12-year-old girl who committed suicide last month after being viciously cyber-bullied by up to 15 girls for nearly a year through texts and online message boards. Arrests were made this past Tuesday, apprehending two girls who police believe are responsible for Sedwick's death.
Following Sedwick's death, one of the two girls arrested posted on Facebook that she didn't care about Sedwick's suicide, which led police to arrests. The girls, 12 and 14, will be charged with third-degree felony aggravated stalking.
The two main culprits threatened Sedwick on several occasions, telling her "to drink bleach and die" and Tricia Norman, Sedwick's mother, reported that one message stated "You haven't killed yourself yet. Go jump off a building."
On September 9th, Sedwick climbed to the top of an abandoned concrete plant and hurled herself to her death.
The Polk County Sheriff made the decision to arrest the suspects with concerns that the tormentors may be harassing others and threatening to attack or mentally abuse someone one else who doesn't have the capacity for that type of treatment.
The bullying began after the 14-year-old tormentor began dating a boy that Sedwick had been dating. The 14-year-old attended school with Sedwick, and used her influence to turn Sedwick's friends against her. As well as prompting physical altercations with her. Sedwick's mother then removed her from school, but the bulling just continued.
The 14-year-old's father denied all claims about his daughter, telling The Associated Press that his daughter was "good."
"My daughter's a good girl and I'm 100 percent sure that whatever they're saying about my daughter is not true," he said.
The sheriff stated that upon arrest, the 14-year-old appeared very cold, and showed no emotion. And, because neither set of parents would bring their daughters to the police station, police had to arrest the girls from the homes on Monday night. They were then released to their parents' custody, and they're now on home detention.
The sheriff indicated that if any charges can be brought against the parents, who're still allowing their daughters to use their social media accounts, they will be. The names and pictures of the girls have been release by the sheriff's office, but major publications are not mentioning their names because they're minors.