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Sheriff: Cyberbullying Led to Girl’s Suicide

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating the role of cyberbulling in the suicide of a 12-year-old girl, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, Rebecca Ann Sedwick apparently jumped to her death after being terrorized online. Judd said that some of the girls who may have been involved in the social-media bullying have  been identified, and that parents are cooperating  by turning over laptops and cell phones.

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