This entire story is awful, but the police have gone crazy….
The attorney for a 14-year-old Florida girl charged with aggravated stalking that alledgedly led to the suicide of a 12-year-old classmate told CNN that her client isn’t responsible for a controversial Facebook post that led to the suspect’s arrest.
Police on Monday arrested two girls, ages 14 and 12, in connection with the death of Rebecca Sedwick, who jumped from the top of an abandoned concrete plant last month.
Authorities said the 14-year-old girl was Rebecca’s chief tormenter, and the girl posted a taunting message Sautrday on the Internet about what had happened.
“Yes IK I bullied REBECCA nd she killed her self but IDGAF,” the Facebook post read. Grady Judd, sheriff of Polk County, Florida, said the online vernacular meant “I don’t give a (expletive).”
The 14-year-old’s lawyer, Andrea DeMichael, told CNN her client “says that this is not as clear cut as it seems.”
No, it is… these kids acted like kids have acted forever…
Judd said police arrested the 14-year-old girl after she posted Saturday on Facebook that she bullied Rebecca and she didn’t care.
“We decided that we can’t leave her out there. Who else is she going to torment, who else is she going to harass?” Judd said.
Police also arrested a 12-year-old girl who is accused of bullying Rebecca. Both have been charged with felony aggravated stalking.
This sheriff is out of control…
The sheriff’s office identified the two girls, but The Associated Press generally does not name juveniles charged with crimes.
While bullying was not in itself against the law, Judd said, the girls’ actions allegedly harassing Rebecca in school and online formed the basis for the stalking charge. He did not expect any other charges would be filed.
Judd, clearly upset over the incident, expressed frustration that neither girl’s parents were willing to bring them in for questioning. He said he was astonished to find out that the 14-year-old in the case was still being allowed to post to the Internet after what had happened.
He said he would charge the child’s parents if he could, but said investigators were aware of no “obvious charges” against them.
“I’m aggravated that the parents aren’t doing what they are supposed to be doing,” he said.
He better hope these girls don’t hurt themselves after all this extra attention he is giving them..
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