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CNN: Charges dropped in Rebecca Sedwick bullying case

November 22, 2013 By: Keiron Jackman Category: Headlines

By Steve Almasy, CNN

(CNN) — Two teenage girls accused of aggravated stalking in the case of a young Florida girl who jumped to her death no longer face criminal charges, lawyers said Wednesday.

Attorney Jose Baez, the attorney for the younger of the two girls, said the state had dropped the felony charge against her in the bullying case of Rebecca Sedwick, who was 12 when she committed suicide in September. (more…)

Do prosecutors have enough to charge Sedwick’s alleged bullies?

November 14, 2013 By: Keiron Jackman Category: Current Events, Headlines, Law

Rebecca Sedwick

As a victim of bullying my proverb was always “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Apparently in the Internet age there are no ‘sticks and stones’ or ‘words’ in the traditional sense, but rather posts. Today’s children live in a cyber world that is unregulated in which they promulgate their own rules. They live unregulated largely because adults are absent. Parents are not a part of this cyber world either because they are not tech-savvy, children fool them with fake social media accounts, they are not interested, or they do not want to get involved with child’s play. Hence we end up with a Lord of the Flies scenario except there are no killings. Nevertheless, any victim of bullying in my age group would substitute physical, in-your-face bullying for cyber-bullying any day.  Today, however, you have to log-on and visit particular sites in order to find out who’s bullying you. Now prosecutors are holding a 12 and 14 year-old responsible for the suicide of Rebecca Sedwick. (more…)