Two teenage girls held in US bullying case

Both accused have been charged with felony of aggravated stalking.

Written by Associated Press | Winter Haven | Published: October 16, 2013 2:13:17 am

Two girls were arrested in a Florida bullying case after one of them admitted online over the weekend that she harassed a 12-year-old girl who killed herself last month,a sheriff said Tuesday.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said they arrested a 14-year-old girl because they were worried she would continue cyberbullying other girls. The girl is accused of bullying 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick,who climbed a tower at an abandoned concrete plant on September 9 and hurled herself to her death.

Judd said arrested the 14-year-old girl after she posted online Saturday that she bullied Rebecca and she didn’t care. “We decided that we can’t leave her out there. Who else is she going to torment,who else is she going to harass?” Judd said.

Police also arrested a 12-year-old girl who is accused of bullying Rebecca. Both have been charged with felony aggravated stalking.

The sheriff’s office identified the two girls,but The Associated Press generally does not name juveniles charged with crimes.

Judd said the bullying began 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.

The 12-year-old girl was Rebecca’s former best friend,but Judd said the 14-year-old girl turned her against Rebecca. Other girls also stopped being friends with her in fear of being bullied,the sheriff said.

Judd said the 14-year-old was “very cold,had no emotion at all upon her arrest”.

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