The heartbreaking story of Rebecca Sedwick, the 12-year-old girl from Florida who killed herself last month after being relentlessly bullied by 15 tween and teenage girls, continues to spark debate and rile up emotions -- and for good reason. The sheriff who arrested two girls -- a 14-year-old and a 12-year-old -- accused of acting as the ringleaders in this cyberbullying case has now said authorities are trying to figure out if they can charge the 14-year-old's parents, as well.
The older girl recently made headlines for coldheartedly -- and stupidly -- posting on her Facebook: "Yes ik [I know] I bullied REBECCA nd she killed her self but IDGAF [I don't give a f**k]" She has since denied writing this post and says her Facebook account was hacked. For the sake of humanity, I hope she is telling the truth.
But the fact that her mom and dad are still allowing Facebook and haven't ripped every computer out of this girl's undeserving hands backs up the point the authorities are trying to make about who deserves the blame for this heinous crime.
According to the sheriff, the girl's parents are in total denial about what she did. He also says they became aware of their daughter's cyberbullying actions, but continued to allow her to use social media sites, which he says could count toward the charge contributing to the delinquency of a child. Thankfully, cops placed the girl in a juvenile detention center before she could do any more damage online.
It seems like a long shot that this girl's parents will actually face charges, but why the hell not? If you know your child is abusing drugs and you continue to provide him with a pipe and lighter, you're contributing to the delinquency of your child.
Why should this case be any different? It's a hundred times worse, in my opinion, because now you've allowed your daughter to continue abusing another girl until she felt the only way out was to kill herself. Did these parents think the Internet was an untouchable realm they couldn't control? Did they even try to limit her involvement on these sites?
I feel bad when parents are unaware of what's happening in their children's lives. But that doesn't seem to be the case with this suspect. And if the sheriff's statements are true, I really hope they can find some way to hold these parents accountable for their daughter's actions, if only to serve as a reminder to all parents that disciplining our children is as crucial as putting food on the table.
Do you think the parents of the suspect in this case are to blame for their daughter's actions?
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