Police in Lakeland, Florida are investigating over 15 school girls after their cyber-bullying led a 12-year old girl to jumping to her death.
MailOnline reports that Rebecca Ann Sedwick leaped to her death from a cement silo at an abandoned factory a mile from her home in Lakeland, Florida.
Her body was discovered at 6.45am on Tuesday morning after her mother reported that her daughter had not returned from school on Monday evening.
Polk County sheriff Grady Judd said on Thursday that law enforcement and the school district were not to blame, adding that he planned to press charges against the bullies if enough evidence is found.
Judd told the Orlando Sentinel: ‘Girls can get pretty catty as kids. The system cannot manage all that cattiness … I truly believe the school system tried but we don’t live in a perfect world.’
Detectives are now looking at 15 girls who may have been involved and the sheriff said today that if there is enough evidence to prove that the law has been broken, he will recommend that they be charged.
A vigil was held for 12-year-old Rebecca at the abandoned factory where she took her own life on Wednesday night.
Following her suicide, Rebecca’s family found online bullying directed at her just four days before, according to 10 News.
The family believed that the bullying had stopped after the 12-year-old was moved school.
Rebecca’s mother Tricia Norman told the Lakeland Ledger that girls had bullied her daughter viciously online at Crystal Lake Elementary School last year, bombarding her with messages on her cellphone such as: ‘You’re ugly’; ‘Why are you still alive?’ and ‘Go kill yourself’.
At one point the 12-year-old was physically attacked in school. Ms Norman pulled her daughter out of Crystal Lake and moved her to Lawton Childs Middle Academy.