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Polk County Sheriff Vows Investigation Into Cyber-Bullying

Polk County Sheriff Vows Investigation Into Cyber-Bullying

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA)   Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd confirms that 12 year old Rebecca Sedwick jumped to her death on Tuesday. Her body was found in a former cement factory off of Eastside Drive in Lakeland. 

Judd says it appears Sedwick decided to end her life after months of bullying by a group of girls on social media sites. Judd says investigators are looking into the claims of bullying and have confiscated electronic devices from a number of Sedwick's former friends. He says the girls' parents are cooperating with investigators. Florida now has a new law that makes cyber-bullying a crime. 

Sedwick's family has set up a memorial fund for those who want to help with Sedwick's funeral expenses. The account has been set up "In Memory of Rebecca Sedwick" at Community Southern Bank in Lakeland.

 

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