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Published On: Sat, Oct 19th, 2013

Teens Guadalupe Shaw, Katelyn Roman charged in bullying case which led to Rebecca Sedwick’s suicide

Florida’s Polk County has made it in the news again following an investigation into the suicide of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick last month.

UPDATE: Guadalupe Shaw’s mom has been arrested – details here

On October 15, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd formally announced the arrest of two minors who are accused of stalking the young girl leading up to her suicide on September 10, 2013. In addition, since the girls’ are underage but they have been charged with a Felony, Sheriff Judd also released the mug shots of the two girls.

PCSO announced the arrest of 14-year-old Guadalupe Shaw and 12-year-old Katelyn Roman for repeatedly and maliciously harassing Sedwick while the three were students at Crystal Lake Middle School.

The press release from PCSO states:

Witnesses reported that Shaw sent messages to Rebecca, calling her ugly, telling her to drink bleach and die, and telling Rebecca that she [Rebecca] should kill herself.

Guadalupe Shaw(Left) and Katelyn Roman (right)

Guadalupe Shaw(Left) and Katelyn Roman (right)

According to witnesses, Shaw and Roman instigated several arguments both in person and on Facebook. At one point Shaw had reportedly convinced Roman to “beat up” Rebecca, leading to her being suspended.

Roman reportedly admitted to bullying Rebecca and said she was sorry for doing it. Prior to the altercations, Roman and Rebecca were supposedly friends.

Sedwick was found dead September 10, 2013 after an investigation determined that she committed suicide by jumping from a concrete silo tower to her death.

On Monday, October 14, Shaw and Roman were arrested and charged with felony Aggravated Stalking and booked into JAC. They were released to their parents that same evening.

More coverage and details here

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    […] against two Florida teens in connection to the death of Rebecca Sedwick have been […]

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    […] Two teen girls have been arrested in the Sedwick case so the policy must be examined with the gravitas befitting the imminent danger to our children. […]

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