A bullied girl commits suicide by stepping off a platform and falling to her death below at an abandoned cement plant near Lakeland in central Florida. On Sept. 14, Yahoo! reported that the 12-year-old girl had been bullied by her peers on social media sites. Pushed to her limit, Rebecca Ann Sedwick, took her own life last week.
"The bullying apparently started with a dispute over a boy that Sedwick had dated for a while, the New York Times reported. According to her mother Tricia Norman, Sedwick received text messages that said things like 'You're ugly,' 'Why are you still alive?' and 'Go kill yourself.' Judd, the sheriff, said the girl was 'absolutely terrorized on social media,'" Yahoo! reports.
The bullied girl commits suicide story is still making its way around the web this week. Sadly, there are a lot of stories about kids, especially teens and tweens, taking their own lives because of other kids making them feel worthless and simply terrible about life in general. Many kids can't seem to get away from the bullying either and that is exactly what happened to Rebecca.
According to the report, Rebecca's mom changed her daughter's school and shut down her Facebook account. Things seemed to get better for a while but Rebecca downloaded a messaging app on her phone and the bullying ensued.
When a bullied girl commits suicide, there are a lot of questions left unanswered. Why did Rebecca download the app and allow herself to be treated so poorly? Did her parents really do enough to get her the help that she needed? Will kids ever stop bullying?
© Effie Orfanides 2013