John Borgen, the Florida boy who dated the 14-year old girl charged with felony aggravated stalking in connection with Rebecca Sedwick’s suicide, spoke out on Oct. 17, 2013, saying he did not know Rebecca was being bullied, according to an ABC News interview.
Borgen, 13, dated Rebecca, 12, prior to becoming involved with the 14-year-old, who he dated for the past nine months.
“I think about her [Rebecca] almost every day” and wonder whether “I could have stopped it,” he told ABC.
He said he didn’t realize the 14-year-old was the person who told Rebecca in online messages to kill herself by drinking bleach because she was “ugly.”
“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?”
The arrest of the 14-year-old girl came after Polk County Officials say she posted a message on Facebook indicating she didn’t care about Rebecca’s suicide, reports KABC 7.
Rebecca jumped to her death on Sept. 9, after climbing the tower of an old concrete plant.
According to ABC, the parents of the 14-year-old said earlier in the week that they monitored the girl’s Facebook activities and saw no indication of bullying, thus they believe her account was hacked.
On Friday, the girl’s mother, Vivian Vosburg, 30, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of child abuse, ABC reports.
Bergen says he still has a hard time believing the girl bullied Rebecca, but said she “…should never have done it.”
He also stated he never witnessed any of the bullying behavior – either in person or online.
A 12-year-old girl was also charged in connection with harassing Rebecca.
Bergen further said he is now going out of his way to expose bullies and stop bullying behavior because he believes he could have stopped what happened to Rebecca if he had known what was taking place.