WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
CLOSEOpt Out: I already like WMFE!

Like us on Facebook!

Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Family Of 13-Year-Old Arrested In Bullying Suicide Plan To Sue Polk Sheriff

Photo: Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd

Attorneys for a 13-year-old Lakeland girl arrested for cyberbullying in the wake of a classmate’s suicide will sue the Polk County Sheriff’s Office if a settlement is not reached. The announcement comes just days after a candlelight vigil marking the one-year anniversary of the death of Rebecca Sedwick, the girl’s alleged victim.

The plaintiff was twelve years old when she and another girl were taken into custody for cyberstalking Rebecca Sedwick, also twelve. Rebecca jumped to her death at an abandoned cement factory last September, and bullying was blamed.

The State Attorney’s Office declined to pursue charges against the girls, but by then, the plaintiff’s attorneys say Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd had already “defamed our client, invaded her privacy, and paraded her mugshot to the national news media.”

In an affidavit filed this week, attorneys accuse Judd of violating the girl’s civil rights and falsely charging her with a felony, which allowed him to publicly release her name. They say she has suffered severe emotional and psychological trauma as a result.

Judd said in a statement that he looks forward to “vigorously” defending his decision to arrest.

Sign Up For 90.7 WMFE's Newsletter

Catch up on the latest Central Florida news and get updates on programs, events and more.


WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

Nicole Darden Creston

About Nicole Darden Creston

All Things Considered Host and Reporter

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from ... Read Full Bio »