Tricia Norman, Rebecca Sedwick's Mom, to File Lawsuits Against Teens

Monday, 25 Nov 2013 06:36 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Tricia Norman, the mother of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick who committed suicide after being bullied online, has announced that she will file a lawsuit against those she believes are responsible for her daughter’s death.

The Lakeland, Fla., girl jumped off a silo in September.

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“I keep waiting for an apology I know now will never come,” Norman said on a recording of the press conference posted by ABC News. “I decided to file wrongful death lawsuits in civil court against the individuals I believe are responsible for my daughter’s death.”

Two girls, ages 12 and 13, were charged with stalking last month, ABC said, but those charges were dropped last week. In a “Good Morning America” clip on ABC, Sheriff Grady Judd said online posts by the girls led his department to arrest them. Even though the charges were dropped, Judd told "GMA" the girls are now in psychological treatment, and he said that was a victory because they probably wouldn’t have received services if not for the arrest.

Attorneys for the girls told "GMA" that Judd should be alert for action by the girls, and said he was more of a bully than the girls were.

At the news conference, Norman also talked about getting Rebecca’s Law passed, a proposal from Norman’s attorney Matt Morgan that would create a state law to criminally punish bullies.

Reactions on social media were often in support of Norman, although some doubted the helpfulness of lawsuits.



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