Two girls have been arrested in the death of a 12-year-old central Florida girl who authorities say committed suicide after being bullied online by several girls for nearly a year, a sheriff said Tuesday.
The girls are 12 and 14, and they have been charged with felony aggravated stalking, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Grady Judd said it was a Facebook post from one of the girls that led police to the arrest. The post indicated that one of the girls did not care about 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick's suicide.
Judd held a press conference on Tuesday morning and said authorities acted fast because even though the accused girls' parents were contacted by police about Sedwick's death, the parents did not cooperate with police and the girls were still able to use their social media.
"The parents were not doing what parents are supposed to do," Judd said. "My goodness, wake up, girl."
Judd said Sedwick was "terrorized" by as many as 15 girls who ganged up on her and picked on her for months through online message boards and texts. Some of the girls' computers and cellphones were seized in the investigation. He said the two girls arrested were the major culprits. One of the arrested girls had been dating Sedwick's former boyfriend. The two had gone to the same school where there was a physical confrontation.