Sunday, February 25, 2018
Public safety

Two Polk girls face felony charges in 12-year-old's cyberbullying suicide

Two girls, ages 12 and 14, were arrested Monday on charges of felony aggravated stalking in the case of a Polk County girl who committed suicide.

The 14-year-old girl was arrested because she said online Saturday that she had bullied Rebecca Sedwick, who jumped to her death Sept. 9 from the roof of an abandoned cement plant, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

The 12-year-old, who was Rebecca's former best friend, admitted to detectives that she bullied Rebecca, deputies said, and said she was sorry. Both have been released to the custody of their parents.

The Tampa Bay Times is not identifying the girls because of their ages.

Judd said the bullying began after the 14-year-old suspect started dating a boy Rebecca had been seeing. Rebecca eventually was transferred away from Crystal Lake Middle School, but the bullying continued, deputies said.

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