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.
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.
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.
“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.
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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.