Sheriff: 12-year-old Fla. girl commits suicide after she was bullied online; charges possible

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: September 12, 2013 - 2:45 PM

LAKELAND, Fla. — A 12-year-old Florida girl committed suicide after she was bullied online by more than a dozen girls and a sheriff said Thursday that he is investigating whether he can file charges under Florida's new law that covers cyber-bullying.

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scubadoo68Sep. 12, 13 3:00 PM

When I was a kid, children were bullied but it typically went away after awhile. It would seem that social media doesn't allow this to happen. It lets it proliferate instead. We should be doing a better job and teaching our kids how to handle being bullied as well as holding the bullies accountable.

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dentesterSep. 12, 13 8:41 PM

The social media sites that kids use should start requiring people to use their real name, to start with. Cyber bullies seem to lose most of their venom when the cloak of anonymity is removed.

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bblheadSep. 12, 13 9:08 PM

As a society, we are losing our ability to cope with real people. The cyber world has removed accountability and real life experience from the equation. Ultimately, parents need to remain involved in their children's lives and be parents, not friends.

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railroadSep. 13, 1312:09 AM

Maybe Parents should know what their kids are doing and moniter all the electronic equipment... sounds like parents let the kids do what they want to

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LilBeaverSep. 13, 13 7:30 PM

The best solution is to ban all social networks and not just those for kids, but also those for adults (?) too!

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