Bullying is nothing new when it comes to children, but it seems to have gotten more serious with dire consequences of the course of the past decade. Thus was the case with a 12-year-old Florida girl who killed herself last month, according to ABC News. Two girls were arrested this week after one of them admitted online that she had harassed the girl who committed suicide.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told ABC News they arrested the 14-year-old girl due to fears that she would continue cyber bullying other girls as she did Rebecca Sedwick who committed suicide by climbing a tower at an abandoned concrete plant on Sept. 9, hurling herself to her death.
The 14-year-old girl posted online Saturday that she bullied Rebecca and did not care. The police also arrested a 12-year-old girl who was also accused of bullying Rebecca. Both girls have been charged with felony aggravated stalking.
Judd told ABC News that the bullying started after the 14-year-old girl started dating a boy that Rebecca had been seeing. She "didn't like that and began to harass and ultimately torment Rebecca," Judd said. Rebecca’s former best friend was the 12-year-old arrested who bullied Rebecca along with the other teen. Other girls also stopped speaking to Rebecca for fear of similarly being bullied.
Over the course of months, authorities say Rebecca was “terrorized” by as many as 15 years who tormented her through online message boards and texts.
According to witnesses, the 14-year-old told Rebecca that she should kill herself and “to drink bleach and die.”
At the time of her arrest Judd told ABC News that the 14-year-old was "very cold, had no emotion at all upon her arrest.”
Rebecca’s untimely death is not an isolated situation, unfortunately, as many other teens have resorted to suicide after being bullied online, in person and via cell phone messages.