Polk County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Two Teen Girls “Primary Harassers” for Aggravated Stalking in the Cyber-Bullying Death of 12 Year Old Rebecca Sedwick in Lakeland, FL (Update: Perps ID’d as Katelyn Roman, 12, & Guadalupe Shaw, 14)


Two teen girls charged for aggravated stalking in the cyber-bullying death of 12 year old Rebecca Ann Sedwick.

The Polk County Sheriff’s office has arrested two teen girls, one 14 and the other 12, in the relentless cyber-bullying death of 12 year old Rebecca Sedwick in Lakeland, FL. The two teen girls were arrested Monday night  as authorities referred to then as the “primary harassers.” The police decided to arrest the two teen female punks after the older one posted this onto her Facebook page on Saturday: “Yes, I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself and I don’t give a f*ck.”  According to the probable cause affidavit,  Rebecca Sedwick  was bullied from December 2012 to February 2013, however, Rebecca’s mother, Tricia Norman, claims that the bullying began long before then and continued until Rebecca killed herself.  Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County said that the bullying lead to Rebecca Sedwick’s suicide. Gee, ya think?

Personally, I think these two should be charged with murder. The bullying led directly to this Rebecca’s death. How about charging a “hate” crime? What is more hateful than what this group of people did? What the did is the definition of a “hate” crime, color does not matter.

rebecca ann sedwick_RIP

Rebecca Sedwick – RIP

For the Polk County sheriff’s office, which has been investigating the cyberbullying suicide of a 12-year-old Florida girl, the Facebook comment was impossible to disregard.

In Internet shorthand it began “Yes, ik” — I know — “I bullied Rebecca nd she killed herself.” The writer concluded that she didn’t care, using an obscenity to make the point and a heart as a perverse flourish. Five weeks ago, Rebecca Ann Sedwick, a seventh grader in Lakeland in central Florida, jumped to her death from an abandoned cement factory silo after enduring a year, on and off, of face-to-face and online bullying.

Both were charged with aggravated stalking, a third-degree felony and will be processed through the juvenile court system. Neither had an arrest record. The older girl was taken into custody in the juvenile wing of the Polk County Jail. The younger girl, who the police said expressed remorse, was released to her parents under house arrest.

Sick, sick, sick … what the hell is the youth of today thinking in that they can say and do anything and think there are no consequences? More from the NY Times. And where were the parents? Way to monitor your children even after the situation came to light.

The older of the two girls acknowledged to the police that she had bullied Rebecca. She said she had sent Rebecca a Facebook message saying that “nobody” liked her, the affidavit said. The girl also texted Rebecca that she wanted to “fight” her, the police said. But the bullying did not end there; Rebecca was told to “kill herself” and “drink bleach and die” among other things, the police added.

Brimming with outrage and incredulity, the sheriff said in a news conference on Tuesday that he was stunned by the older girl’s Saturday Facebook posting. But he reserved his harshest words for the girl’s parents for failing to monitor her behavior, after she had been questioned by the police, and for allowing her to keep her cellphone.

“I’m aggravated that the parents are not doing what parents should do: after she is questioned and involved in this, why does she even have a device?” Sheriff Judd said. “Parents, who instead of taking that device and smashing it into a thousand pieces in front of that child, say her account was hacked.”

UPDATE I: Polk County Sheriff’s Office identify two teen girls arrested as 12 year old Katelyn Roman and 14 year old Guadalupe Shaw.

Judd identified the two girls who were arrested as Katelyn Roman, 12, and Guadalupe Shaw, 14, during a news conference Tuesday morning in Winter Haven.

Both girls have been charged with felony aggravated stalking.

On Tuesday night Roman’s father spoke with Channel 9′s Renee Stoll about his daughter’s arrest.

“I feel horrible about the whole situation,” he said. “Katelyn’s very remorseful, feels really bad about the whole situation.”

Guadalupe’s neighbor, George Colom, said he’s not surprised to hear she was involved. In fact, Colom said Guadalupe’s siblings are known as bullies in the neighborhood and that he was even harassed by her brother at one point.

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    5 Responses to “Polk County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Two Teen Girls “Primary Harassers” for Aggravated Stalking in the Cyber-Bullying Death of 12 Year Old Rebecca Sedwick in Lakeland, FL (Update: Perps ID’d as Katelyn Roman, 12, & Guadalupe Shaw, 14)”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on October 16th, 2013 9:59 am

      Most of this type of behavior is caused by poor or no parenting. Biological creators who have no interest in teaching their children right from wrong or other values that are important to society.

      This is also a problem created by the “feel good” society that allows children to do whatever they please with no correction from the community.

      It really takes a village to raise children to become proper citizens. Parents, schools and adults in the neighborhood all have a part to play in giving children proper discipline and guidance. When a bully is identified, they must be immediately punished by the community. Otherwise we see results as are reported in this article. As long as the courts cut off all except the parents from issuing proper discipline to a bully, this is the result that happens.

      The “takes a village” idea did not originate with Hillary Clinton. She stole it from a Swedish woman who wrote a book with that title fifteen years before Hillary was born.

    2. Thomas curley on October 16th, 2013 6:08 pm

      this grandstanding sheriff need to be arrested for child abuse. this is the most ridicules sheriff I have ever run across. let Polk county know that I will never spend a dime in that county or due business with any co. that owns a business in Polk county. now Grady Judd come and get me and lock me up for what ever you can conjure up in that peanut head of yours. what a jack-axx

    3. Idiot Patrol on October 16th, 2013 11:55 pm

      #2, I guess you would be one of those irresponsible parents that the Sheriff would be looking to arrest when children kill other children?

      How this girl made such comments even after the 12 year old committed suicide due to cyber-bullying shows just how little parenting they actually did.

    4. BabyBear on October 17th, 2013 4:35 pm

      This is such a tragedy that that beautiful young girl chose to end her life. And the trash who were bullying her should be in jail for a long, long time.
      But what I don’t understand is this: She had moved to another school and the bullying continued on the internet and texting. Why did she continue to read the comments they were making? If I were seeing such things said about me, I’d stop reading it. She no longer had to see the bullies, but she continued to read.
      I agree with the above comments about poor parenting. We see a lot of that.

    5. 30 Year Old Vivian Vosburg, Mother of Girl Accused of Bullying Florida Teen (Rebecca Sedwick) Arrested on Child Abuse & Child Neglect Charges | Scared Monkeys on October 19th, 2013 1:00 pm

      [...] 30 year old Vivian Vosburg, the stepmother of the 14 year old teen, Guadalupe Shaw, who has been accused of bulling Rebecca Sedwick has been arrested on an unrelated child abuse and child neglect charges. Polk County Sheriff’s Office says Vivian Vosburg is charged with two counts of child abuse with bodily harm and four counts of child neglect. Vosburg is the stepmother of  Guadalupe Shaw, the 14 year old, remorseless teen who has been charged with felony aggravated stalking who cyber-bullied 12 year old Rebecca Sedwick of Lakeland, FL to commit suicide. [...]

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