VIDEO: Mother of bullied teen who committed suicide speaks out
POSTED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 3:39pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 3:41pm
CNN — Two girls in Florida were arrested, accused of bullying a 12-year-old girl to death.
Rebecca Sedwick killed herself last month after her mother says she was relentlessly tormented. Police were led to the girls after one of them posted a taunting message online.
Over the weekend, Polk detectives spotted a statement posted on social media, they say, by 14-year-old Guadalupe Shaw:
"Yes, I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself, but I don't give f***."
Concerned they couldn't wait any longer, investigators charged Shaw and another one of Rebecca's former schoolmates, 12-year-old Katelyn Roman, with aggravated stalking, a third degree felony. Their relentless badgering, a contributing factor, say detectives, in Sedwick's tragic suicide leap at an abandoned cement plant. The two girls, with no previous records, were booked and released.
At shaw's home in Lakeland, the 14 year-old emerged wearing a hoodie and was quickly whisked away by her parents. Neighbors say she's often in fights and lacks discipline. Sheriff Judd says that's a big part of the problem. Parents apparently unaware or uncaring about their children's actions. He questioned why Shaw still had access to social media at all Authorities say the bullying stemmed from a dispute between Sedwick and a former classmate over a boy they had both dated.
The 14-year-old suspect's family claimed her social media account had been compromised, but investigators don't believe that to be true. No court date has been set for the girls and since both have a clean record, authorities say they will not likely do much, if any, jail time.