Updates On 12 Year Old Rebecca Sedwick’s Suicide-Bullying Case [Video]
This Flordia Cyber-Bullying case was and still is one like no other! The two antagonists, a 12 and 14 year old girls are being charged with felonies in the tragic case of Rebecca Sedwick who took her own life.
According to CNN, “Authorities often place juveniles accused of cyberabuse under parental or school supervision or, if the youths are charged, they face lesser offenses such as hacking or identity theft, experts said.
But the Florida case sets itself apart nationally for several reasons: It involves felonies in the suicide of a child so young, the defendants are also very young classmates, and the 14-year-old defendant’s mother now faces a child abuse charge in a separate case, experts said. ‘A lot of traditional law enforcement officers are looking at this and saying somebody has to do something, and when parents don’t stand up to the plate, we have to,” said Parry Aftab, an Internet privacy and security attorney in New York, who also is executive director of stopcyberbullying.org. Everybody will be following this closely,” said Justin W. Patchin, a co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and a criminal justice professor at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. “We’ve had other attempts (at felony charges in cyberbullying-related suicides), but nothing has been successful at the felony level that I’m aware of, especially when dealing with kids this young. The case could give victims hope that stalkers or cyberbullies will face long-term accountability’, he said.”