A 12-year-old girl from Florida has taken her own life, due largely to bullying at her school and online.
Rebecca Ann Sedwick's remains were found in Lakeland on Tuesday, in an empty factory. She was last seen at 6.45 a.m. on Monday morning, on her way to school.
Daily Mail informed that the girl who committed suicide over bullying had been reported missing by her mother on Monday evening, when she was supposed to come home from school.
“I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do next. I just lost my world.
“My life is just never going to be the same, I’m missing a big part of it, a huge part of it,” distraught mom Tricia Norman notes.
The teenager had been using the handle “That Dead Girl” on social media recently, and, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, she had cut herself before.
Tricia describes her daughter being bullied at Crystal Lake Elementary School in an interview with The Ledger. It eventually got so bad that she was homeschooled.
“I guess for whatever reason, they just didn't like her,” Tricia says.
Rebecca then enrolled in Lawton Childs Middle Academy, and never told her family about her issues with bullies there.
“When she was being bullied at Crystal Lake Middle, she used to come home every day and tell me how she wasn’t worth anything, that she was ugly, how she was stupid.
“And I said, ‘Baby what on earth would make you think that? You’re the most beautiful person I know and the smartest person I know’,” her mother remembers.
Girls at school told her to take her own life and police found recent photos of fresh wounds and razor blades on the teen's phone. She had suffered through a year and a half of constant bullying before committing suicide.
“She has been bullied before and people had told her she needed to kill herself. [...] But we all thought she was fine now. No one had known,” Sedwick’s sister, Summer Howard, adds.