LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd confirms that 12 year old Rebecca Sedwick jumped to her death on Tuesday. Her body was found in a former cement factory off of Eastside Drive in Lakeland.
Judd says it appears Sedwick decided to end her life after months of bullying by a group of girls on social media sites. Judd says investigators are looking into the claims of bullying and have confiscated electronic devices from a number of Sedwick's former friends. He says the girls' parents are cooperating with investigators. Florida now has a new law that makes cyber-bullying a crime.
Sedwick's family has set up a memorial fund for those who want to help with Sedwick's funeral expenses. The account has been set up "In Memory of Rebecca Sedwick" at Community Southern Bank in Lakeland.