In a revealing interview with ABC News on Thursday, the boyfriend of the 14-year-old who allegedly bullied 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick to the point she took her own life is speaking out, lamenting the fact he did not do something to prevent Rebecca's death.
The parents of the 14-year-old girl, identified as Guadalupe Shaw, spoke out earlier this week against the allegations, blaming all of the horrific social media messages sent to Sedwick on a so-called Facebook hacker.
Now, 13-year-old John Borgen, of Lakeland, Fla., who allegedly “dated” both Sedwick and Shaw, says he is weighed down with the burden that he could have, or should have, done more to prevent Sedwick from climbing a tower on Sept. 9 and hurling herself off.
“I think about [Rebecca] almost every day,” wondering whether “I could have stopped it,” Borgen told ABC News.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Rebecca was “absolutely terrorized” by her malicious peers.
“We can see from what we've been investigating so far that Rebecca wasn't attacking back,” Judd said. “She appeared to be beat down. She appeared to have a defeatist attitude. And quite frankly, the entire investigating is exceptionally disturbing.”
Appalling online messages sent to Rebecca told the pre-teen: “You should die,” “Why don't you go kill yourself,” and “drink bleach and die.”
Judd even accused the teen of gloating on Facebook that she had bullied Rebecca over a month after her death.
“Yes, I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself but I don't give a f---,” Shaw’s post reportedly said. Shaw and her family claim a “hacker” sent that message, as well as every other cyberbullying post.
John believed his girlfriend, at first.
“I thought somebody else did it. I thought somebody hacked her account, but when she was being charged and arrested, I was like why didn't she tell the police that somebody got into her account or got her password or something?” John said he asked himself.
ABC then asked John whether he was ashamed of his girlfriend's actions. John’s reply was: “It's like mixed feelings. One day tells me I'm tired of all of this bullying. This part tells me every day I'm tired of the bullying, because I don't want to see it again. But at the second part, it's like, I still don't believe that she did it. But the fact is that she still bullied her, she should never have done it… I could have stopped it.”
John said he never actually saw his girlfriend or the 12-year-old suspect bully Rebecca online or in person.