2 Arrests Made In Death Of Bullied Florida Girl

By: KKTV/AP
By: KKTV/AP
Two girls have been arrested in the death of a 12-year-old central Florida girl who authorities say committed suicide after being bullied online for nearly a year.

Rebecca Sedwick (Credit: CBS/WSTP)

Two girls have been arrested in the death of a 12-year-old central Florida girl who authorities say committed suicide after being bullied online for nearly a year.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has scheduled a news conference Tuesday morning in Winter Haven regarding the arrests of the girls, who are 12 and 14.

According to the sheriff's office, the girls are charged with felony aggravated stalking.

Authorities have said Rebecca Sedwick was "terrorized" by as many as 15 girls who ganged up on her and picked on her for months through online message boards and texts. The bullying eventually got so severe that she spent a few months being homeschooled.

Her mother reported her missing on Sept. 9 when Rebecca didn't come home from school. She believed her daughter had left the house that morning to get on the bus to school. Police found out later Rebecca never made it to the bus. Authorities also discovered that Rebecca didn't take her schoolbooks with her when she left her home.

Authorities say that instead of going to school that day, Rebecca climbed a tower at an abandoned concrete plant and hurled herself to her death.


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