Rebecca Sedwick was a 12-year-old girl who was in so much emotional pain that she climbed to the top of a water tower in an abandoned concrete plant and hurled herself to her death below. Rebecca was relentlessly bullied by her school mates and after news of her death, a 14-year-old girl. posted: “Yes, I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself but I don't give a f**k.”
According to “Fox and Friends” live on Wednesday, Oct. 16, this post was what led police to arrest this 14-year-old girl. Another girl, 12, was also arrested in this case. This cold, callous and heartless remark shows this girl has no remorse to allegedly bullying a young girl to her death, reports the AP via Yahoo News on Tuesday.
You would hope and think this death would put a realistic consequence on bullying for the girls, who for the last year made Rebecca’s life unbearable due to this bullying. It seems this may not be the case as a friend of Rebecca’s was the next target of bullying and the girl’s mother believes the bullies are a few of the same girls who allegedly drove Rebecca to her death, according to ABC News.
Darlene Earls 12-year-old daughter Brianna Earls was next to be bullied online. Darlene was contacted by relatives telling her to go to a Facebook page online the week after Rebecca’s suicide. The Facebook page had one post “Brianna Earls needs to go (profanity) kill herself!”
Darlene Earls said:
"There's no doubt in my mind that whoever posted this page about Brianna was involved in giving Rebecca problems.”
Because of this Facebook post, the Earls worry that their daughter could be the next target. Earls continued:
"This isn't going to stop. If somebody doesn't do something now it's not going to stop."
The Facebook page was reported to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and they’ve not commented on the origin as of yet.
A 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl were arrested this week and charged with stalking and released home to a parent. It is hard to convict a person of driving another person to suicide, “in part because of the free-speech laws,” said Perry Aftab, a New Jersey based lawyer, during an interview with the AP shortly after Rebecca's death.
The AP reviewed news articles and found about a dozen suicides that were attributed at least partly to bullying online. The number is believed by Aftab to be at least twice that. This case is far from over as authorities are deciding if the parents of these girls who were arrested should also be prosecuted.