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Mother of bullied Polk County girl Rebecca Sedwick wants tougher laws

7:16 PM, Nov 25, 2013   |    comments
12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The mother of a Florida girl who committed suicide after complaining about being bullied is asking lawmakers to pass new state and federal anti-bullying legislation.

Tricia Norman and her attorney said Monday at a news conference that current laws don't do enough.
    
Norman's daughter, 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, jumped to her death at an abandoned concrete plant in September.
    
A month later, the Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested two of her classmates, ages 12 and 14, on charges of aggravated stalking.
    
Those charges were dropped last week because of insufficient evidence.
    
Norman says she was saddened by the dismissal of the charges because it sends a message that is bullying is acceptable.
    
Norman and her attorney indicated they are working on a lawsuit but declined to provide details.

MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press

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