Rebecca Sedwick's Suicide May Have Been About More Than Bullying

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Two young girls have been arrested for bullying 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick to death, but investigators now say that relentless online bullying was only part of what Rebecca had to endure and may have only contributed to her suicide. Guadalupe Shaw, 14, and Katelyn Roman, 12, were arrested after endless bullying of Rebecca by Facebook and text messages led to her jumping off a tower, but now lead investigator Sheriff Grady Judd says that a difficult homelife may have also contributed to Rebecca's state of mind that day and that she lived in a "disturbing environment."

Judd told CBS News that Rebecca didn't sleep in a bed at home, but in a recliner. He also said that her sister slept on the couch, and the girls' clothes were kept in grocery bags in the living room. Rebecca's mom, Tricia Norman, has reportedly had numerous run-ins with the law, including charges for writing bad checks, fraud, and probation violation. Rebecca's father has also been absent from her life.

Judd also said that Guadalupe, the 14-year-old accused of bullying Rebecca, whose mother, Vivian Vosburg, has also been arrested after video surfaced of her fighting two young boys, lives in a family that is like "a Jerry Springer episode." He told CBS:

The way she treated those kids was horrendous. The family is just kind of out of control. And children live what they learn.

Families like Rebecca's and Guadalupe's are not uncommon or unique. They can be found anywhere you find poverty, struggle, absent parents, hopelessless, unemployment or underemployment, lack of education, and a sense of having no place in the world and nothing to live for. They can be found in any town, any school.

Dynanics like this can also be found in wealthy families, but poverty makes people and children more susceptible to abuse, out-of-control anger, and degradation. These are the breeding grounds for bullies -- and for victims who feel their only hope to stop the pain is suicide. Bully victims who also have difficult home lives just have that much more to try and overcome -- and sometimes they feel like they can't overcome it all.

What's so sad is that, at 12-years-old, Rebecca couldn't fathom how hugely things could change. They could change so much she would hardly remember this time. But she didn't live to see that come true.

Do you think suicide has many factors or usually one major factor like bullying?


Image via Rebecca Sedwick - Against Bullying/Facebook

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Kattey Kattey

That poor girl never had a chance. I even kinda feel bad fot the bully because clearly her parent wasn't a parent at all.

adamat34 adamat34

Lock up the parents and get these children counsel in.

How horrible, I can't.imagine this.....even if your struggling, there is no excuse for garbage bags in the floor for clothes. So sad.

Seems like there should have been someone paying attention to this.....

Once again, sadly, the system failed.

Alann... AlannaMaria

poor girl. I agree.. Lock the parent's up and get the children into loving homes and counseling,

nonmember avatar Katrina

poor girl! Its bad enough she had a bad home life, its even worse that she has to go to school an be bullied by those little punks. School is suppose to make kids feel safe. Them little girls need to be put in jail where they can be bullied. Then the'll know how it feels. I dont believe that its cuz the bullies have bad homelife thats y they bullied this poor girl. They were wrong. They teach kids at school that to bully someone is wrong. This really needs to stop.

nonmember avatar skipper

I live very close to the are where all of this happened. I don't know any one involved but I hope they all get the help they need and that poor little girl is finally at peace. This whole situation just keeps getting worse.

antfa... antfarmer101

I think it is very rarely JUST about the bullying. Any child who thinks that the only solution to being bullied is to take their own life has got SOMETHING else going on. What a horrible thing

Sandy Segur

Yes, bullying and a rough home life does make one wish to commit suicide. That is so sad that this little girl was driven to take her own life to stop the pain. It makes me want to cry. Instead I think I am going to hug my 13 yr old daughter and tell her how much I love her.

nonmember avatar NoNameWorks

A very sad story all the way around.

But why the contrast to "wealthy
families." Please stop the knee jerk contrasts. Why not "middle class" families? The difference isn't the "rich" versus the poor. It's the difference in values; the difference between being grounded.

I know what you were trying to say, but you can't buy what the difference in the families is. It's something different -- and definitely bigger -- than numbers of dollars.

grous... grousseau

That happened in my town. We love our Sheriff, he is fantastic. The girls that bullied Rebecca must be punished. The parents are at fault too. One of the mothers of one of the bullies is a real piece of work. She abuses her kids and step kids. When kids are beat and bullied at home, They learn to lash out and bully others. To blame Rebecca because her family is poor is just plain ignorant. Her family tried to help her, they moved to try to get her away from the bullies. The bullies cyber stalked her. They would not relent. Rebecca and her family were not at fault. Don't blame the victom. Blame the cruel bullies and Their Parents and Step parents.

jahsm... jahsmom808

Too late to play the blaming game, need to figure out a way to stop bullying in all the schools to prevent more kids from taking their lives for senseless things as such.  Each child should be made aware that their lives are too precious to throw it away like that.  RIP Rebecca! toddler tantrum

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