A day after Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced the arrest of two girls in the Rebecca Ann Sedwick suicide he appeared on the national television morning shows warning parents of the dangers of cyberbulling.
He also vowed to prosecute anyone – children or adults – who commits such crimes.
After more than a year of bullying Rebecca jumped from a silo at an abandoned concrete factory on Sept. 10.
Judd told Roberts that the girl's parents did everything they could to help, including separating her from her bullies, switching schools and putting her in counseling.
The sheriff said Rebecca's parents didn't want to take away her Internet connection because she wouldn't be able to communicate with her friends but cutting the cord on social media sites is exactly what Judd wants parents to do in cyberbullying situations.
He wants parents to have tough talks with their children about social media and instant-messaging sites and take their access to them away if they are bullying other children or being bullied.
The parents of the accused 14-year-old allowed her to continue using social media sites and on Saturday she posted the below text to Facebook and that sped up her arrest, Judd said.
"Yes ik [I know] I bullied Rebecca nd she killed her self but IDGAF [I don't give a (expletive)]."
Judd said he was angry over the post but also worried that the 14-year-old would bully others online.
"She doesn't get this at all," Judd said. "She can be taunting and bullying another child and we're not going to accept that."
Polk County deputies charged the author of the post and another 12-year-old girl with aggravated stalking.
The 14-year-old is in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice until her next hearing and the 12-year-old is on house arrest.
After their arrests, Judd said, the girls admitted the abuse.
The Orlando Sentinel is not naming them because of their ages.
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