Felony Counts for 2 in Suicide of Bullied 12-Year-Old
MIAMI — For the Polk County sheriff’s office, which has been investigating the cyberbullying suicide of a 12-year-old Florida girl, the Facebook comment was impossible to disregard.
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In Internet shorthand it began “Yes, ik” — I know — “I bullied Rebecca nd she killed herself.” The writer concluded that she didn’t care, using an obscenity to make the point and a heart as a perverse flourish. Five weeks ago, Rebecca Ann Sedwick, a seventh grader in Lakeland in central Florida, jumped to her death from an abandoned cement factory silo after enduring a year, on and off, of face-to-face and online bullying.
The Facebook post, Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County said, was so offensive that he decided to move forward with the arrest immediately rather than continue to gather evidence. With a probable cause affidavit in hand, he sent his deputies Monday night to arrest two girls, calling them the “primary harassers.” The first, a 14-year-old, is the one who posted the comment Saturday, he said. The second is her friend, and Rebecca’s former best friend, a 12-year-old.
Both were charged with aggravated stalking, a third-degree felony and will be processed through the juvenile court system. Neither had an arrest record. The older girl was taken into custody in the juvenile wing of the Polk County Jail. The younger girl, who the police said expressed remorse, was released to her parents under house arrest.
Had they not bullied her, she would still be alive this very moment.
Some kids that are "bullied" are secretly just seeking attention. They actually do bring it on themselves, purposely doing things to make people lash out at them, so they can play a victim card, gain attention. I think this bottom line relates to mommy and daddy issues, but, believe you me, there are enough people out there that want you to feel sorry because you just didn't pay attention to them.
Bullying is a form of psychological torture. It should be treated very harshly indeed.
Some of the comments here suggesting that bullying is not serious are outrageous. I suppose it is OK to harm small animals, too? That is where murderers start out.
Hey pal, go jump off a cliff.
Oh wait, that was online harassment. You might do it, and I might get arrested and placed under a Felony charge.
Maybe I should just simply say "Go f*ck yourself, jack*ss". How's that?
And next time you feel like insulting someone's intelligence, think twice my friend. Just because I was stating *my opinion* about the law, doesn't mean I was "quoting" the law. Apparently, you are incapable of ceasing your own knuckle dragging to "read between the lines"....or is your intellectual capacity (something you are so quick to attack in others) that diminished ?
And as far as gene pools...yours is truly shallow. I'd say nothing but dirt with about a cup of muddy water added to it. Chances are you bleed easily, your family tree can be shot from a bow with little to no preparation by a Fletcher, and you have a severe genetic deformity in the physical location of your lip.
Enjoy your night, pompous jerk.
I made no references to state law at all.
What I did, was state my OPINION regarding the law. Two entirely different things.
Perhaps some remedial reading comprehension classes might be of use.
"See Spot run." much ?
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The answer is simple.
Replace gym class with Brazilian jiu jitsu.