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Two Teens Charged, Accused of Bullying That Led Teen's Suicide

October 15, 2013 | WMFE - Two middle school students are charged with aggravated stalking after a 12-year-old Lakeland girl jumped to her death in September. Polk County homicide detectives say the girls bullied Rebecca Sedwick for more than a year, contributing to her suicide.

Authorities say the girls - aged 12 and 14- threatened Sedwick and called her names.

They say the girls picked at least one physical fight with her and also bullied her friends, discouraging other kids from being friends with her.

Witnesses say the 14-year-old told Sedwick she should drink bleach and die.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says more charges are possible.

"Watch what your children do online," said Judd.

"Pay attention. Quit being their best friend and be their best parent. That's important. It's important to their health and welfare. And it's important to the person they might be bullying."

The 12-year-old suspect admitted to detectives she bullied Sedwick and said she was sorry.

Sedwick jumped to her death from a concrete silo tower.


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