Charges against two Florida girls accused of cyberbullying Rebecca Sedwick to suicide will be dropped: sheriff

Wow! Way to go.

Once again the law appears to be on the side of the perpetrator rather than the victim. Children frequently know the difference between right and wrong. These girls knew they were tormenting the one who committed suicide. Why could they not be stopped? Did anyone tell their parents so that they might perhaps put a lid on it? How does this help the mother of the victim or stop the perpetrators doing it again?

I think these girls should be sent to some kind of juvenile penitentiary at least, even if its for a year or two, so they can be taught the manners their parents obviously forgot to impart.

Shaaaaame!

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Polk County Sheriff  Grady Judd confirmed Wednesday evening that two of Rebecca Sedwick’s accused  cyberbullies, now aged 13 and 14, will have their charges of aggravated stalking  dropped. Sedwick committed suicide at the age of 12 in September.

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Rebecca Ann Sedwick

Polk County Sheriff’s Office

Rebecca Ann Sedwick, 12, committed suicide by jumping from a concrete  factory in September.

Charges against two Florida girls accused of bullying a 12-year-old former  classmate to her eventual suicide will be dropped, local authorities announced  Wednesday.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd confirmed Wednesday evening that two of Rebecca Sedwick‘s  accused cyberbullies, now aged 13 and 14, will have their charges of aggravated  stalking dropped.

Sedwick, of Lakeland, jumped from a concrete factory to her death in  September after as many as 15 girls relentlessly ganged up on her even after she  transferred schools, according to her mother and police.

Judd, who described the 13-year-old as Sedwick’s former best friend, told  reporters in a press conference that he has no regrets for identifying both  girls and charging them.

Rebecca Ann Sedwick was found dead at an abandoned cement factory in Lakeland, Fla., after setting out for school Monday morning but never making it there.

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Rebecca Ann Sedwick was found dead at  an abandoned cement factory in Lakeland, Fla., after setting out for school  Monday morning but never making it there.

“Our goal was to create an intervention. Our goal was to bring this conflict  to the proper authorities to make sure it was dealt with. And it was dealt  with,” said Judd.

The two girls are receiving counseling he said, so that they will “never  bully anyone again, never torment again.”

The youngest accused, who was 12 at the time of her arrest, is said by her  attorney Jose Baez to be sorry for what happened and referred to herself as a  victim as well after her mug shot was shown to the media.

Vivian Vosburg, the mother of one girl accused of cyberbullying, is brought in to the Polk County Jail booking area in October.

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Vivian Vosburg, the mother of one  girl accused of cyberbullying, is brought in to the Polk County Jail booking  area in October.

“She is not what her mug shot or what the headlines are portraying her to  be,” Baez, who previously represented Florida mom Casey Anthony, told WESH. “She is a child, and I’m not going to allow her to be  bullied and I’m not going to allow the system to bully her.”

Judd, asked if he was at fault for revealing the girls’ identity, said  no.

“At the end of the day, we’re all in this together for a good cause,” Judd  told reporters.

The Daily News has refrained from identifying the youngest of the two girls  who attended school with Sedwick.

ngolgowski@nydailynews.com

 

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