Some believe she took her own life while her mother, Tricia Norman, continues to look for answers. But one aspect of Rebecca's life appears to remain constant: she was the victim of “cyber-bullying” from some of her own classmates.
A few concerned citizens in the Lakeland area are hosting an event to honor Rebecca and all other children who have suffered at the hands of bullies.
Rebecca's Stand Against Bullying Benefit and Bullying Awareness Rally will take place December 22 from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Musicians Tony Belskis and Tricia Blouin, of the entertainment company Good Stuff, and the American Legion in Lakeland are bringing the community together to raise awareness and to help fund the Rebecca's Stand Against Bullying non-profit and the Jaylens Challenge Foundation.
“Lakeland is a close-knit family community that supports each other.” Belskis pointed out. “We plan on keeping this going in the future with Tricia Norman and Jaylens Challenge, and anyone else who may need our support.”
They are asking the community to come together to make a change by saying "Bullying No Way!"
The event will feature live music, great food, an auction, bounce houses, special guest speakers on the topic of bullying, and activities for the whole family.
“This Event got started when my musician family wanted to raise funds to pay for Rebecca's funeral,” Belskis said. They put out an ad on facebook and received a great response so they wanted to expand to help spread the message.
Belskis added that there will be counselors on hand, speakers will discuss the subject of bullying, including Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, and various celebrities that will be announced.
On the evening of December 8, Tricia Norman recalled on her facebook page that it had been almost.three months since “Becca Ann” had passed. She urged everyone to light a candle at 7:00pm that night and post a photo as public showing of unity.
“Let's make sure Rebecca Ann Sedwick is never forgotten,” Norman proclaimed. “Let's remember her around the world!”
“I believe that musicians, with help from the communities, can be of great help to causes like this, Belskis added. “Enough is enough.”
The American Legion is located at 1375 Ariana St. in Lakeland, Florida.