The Florida bully case over cyberbullying is looking to the bully’s parents after the suicide of Rebecca Sedwick by jumping to her death.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Sheriff Grady Judd blames the parents for the Florida bully case.
The parents of the two girls arrested after Rebecca Sedwick’s death are a striking contrast. The older of the two is 14-year-old Guadalupe Shaw, who is described as having been “very cold, had no emotion at all upon her arrest.” Shaw even allegedly wrote this message on Facebook after hearing about the death of Rebecca Sedwick:
“Yes, I know I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself but IDGAF [I don’t give a f**k].”
The parents of Guadalupe Shaw claim her Facebook account was hijacked and defend the bully, claiming, “My daughter’s a good girl and I’m 100 percent sure that whatever they’re saying about my daughter is not true.” The parents claim Guadalupe Shaw doesn’t belong in juvenile detention despite telling Rebecca Sedwick to “drink bleach and die.”
The unnamed 12-year-old girl was described as a former best friend of Rebecca Sedwick and it’s claimed Guadalupe Shaw convinced her to join in on the bullying against Rebecca Sedwick. Sheriff Judd has said the younger girl has shown remorse for her actions and the father even blames himself:
“I feel horrible about the whole situation. It’s my fault, maybe that I don’t know more about that kind of stuff. I wish I did.”
The two girls arrested in the Florida bully case are not the only children involved. Around 15 other children at Crystal Lake Middle School also allegedly started bullying Rebecca Sedwick to avoid being bullied themselves by Guadalupe Shaw. The 12-year-old girl has already been released into her parent’s care while Guadalupe Shaw remains in juvenile detention.
While bullying is technically not a crime, the girls have been charged with aggravated stalking because the victim was younger than 16 years old and this still holds the stigma of a third-degree felony. Experts are hoping the Florida bully case may get families to discuss cyberbullying and public awareness could help prevent future victims like Rebecca Sedwick.