The mother of bullied middle-schooler Rebecca Sedwick is filing suit today against the Polk County School Board and one of the students whose abusive behavior is alleged to have led Rebecca to kill herself.
The lawsuit also names as a defendant Cemex Construction Materials Florida, owner of the cement plant where the Lakeland 12-year-old jumped to her death on Sept. 10, 2013.
In the suit, Rebecca's mother, Tricia Norman, alleges that the school district failed to provide adequate supervision, and failed to properly discipline Rebecca's main tormentor, who is identified only as "G.S." The suit also accuses G.S. of intentional infliction of emotional distress, and alleges that Cemex was negligent in allowing Rebecca to access its abandoned plant.
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Lakeland, FL, USA
Norman said her daughter was bullied at school and via the Internet for a year before she killed herself. The suit seeks damages in excess of $15,000, the baseline sum for circuit-court cases.
Norman is represented in the case by Orlando law firm Morgan and Morgan.
In November, prosecutors dropped criminal charges of felony aggravated stalking against two girls who were alleged to have bullied Rebecca.
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