A group of fifteen Florida teenage girls are currently under investigation after a twelve-year-old former schoolmate committed suicide early this week.
According to a report from the Lakeland Ledger, Rebecca Ann Sedwick’s body was found at a cement plant early Tuesday morning. She was reported missing Monday night when she failed to come home from school.
Speaking at a press conference, Polk County Sherriff Grady Judd said that Sedwick had been “absolutely terrorized on social media” for over a year before she killed herself. Apparently before her suicide, she shared her plans with an online friend, telling the boy, “I’m jumping. I can’t take it anymore.” She then changed her screen name on the messaging app she was using to “That Dead Girl.”
Family members who spoke out at a vigil for Sedwick this Wednesday said that staff members at Crystal Lake Middle School, where the bullying began, did not respond when they complained. After transferring Sedwick to another school and deleting her Facebook page, the bullying continued, online, on other sites such as Instagram.
“We’ve lost a beautiful child who had a bright future. For what reason? To be bullied?” Sedwick’s uncle told the crowd attending the vigil. “Why? Because your clothes are better than hers? Your shoes look better than hers?”
Watch a WTSB-TV report in the video below.