Our legal system has no idea how to deal with bullies
In Florida this week, two teenaged girls were arrested in connection with the death of 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick. Sedwick fell to her demise from a tower at an abandoned concrete plant early last month. The girls weren't there when Sedwick died. But police say they bullied her for a year pior, and were heartless about her even after learning of her suicide. Now, what becomes of girls like that?
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told the Associated Press this week that one of the girls, a 14 year-old, had allegedly threatened and taunted Sedwick, urging her to "drink bleach and die." Sedwick's mother, Tricia Norman, says the girl also told her child, "You haven't killed yourself yet.Go jump off of a building." Police say the younger girl beat Sedwick up. But Norman also claims a group of up to fifteen students were involved in the bullying, which included messages of "I hate u" and "You seriously deserve to die." Norman says she'd changed Sedwick's school, put her through months of therapy and monitored her online accounts closely. It was no use. Before she died, she sent online messages of farewell to her friend. After her suicide, police found search terms on Sedwick's computer that included "how to get blades out of razors" and "how many over-the-counter drugs do you take to die."