Posted by Maria Mangicaro
LAKELAND, FL – The ISEPP 2013 conference will focus on issues involving the mental health of children and adolescents. Among ISEPP’s diverse membership are educators and school psychologists who research and implement bullying prevention programs.
Bullying prevention is a subject that ISEPP members are very concerned with and it is extremely troublesome to hear of young children and teens who commit suicide after enduring bullying and violent behavior at their school.
September 10th is recognized as World Suicide Prevention Day by the World Health Organization. According to the WHO and the latest Burden of Disease Estimation, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the world, especially among young people. On the day dedicated to World Suicide Prevention, it was very sad to hear the news of yet another case of a young girl’s possible bullycide.
This story is re-posted from Bay News 9:
The mother of a 12-year-old girl whose body was found in Lakeland said her daughter committed suicide after she was bullied by former classmates.
The body of Rebecca Ann Sedwick was found just after 2 a.m. Tuesday on the former property of a cement company on North Eastside Drive.
Her mother, Tricia Norman, said Rebecca had left their Lakeland home just before 7 a.m. Monday, but that she did not come home that afternoon.
Norman reported her missing just after 7 p.m., and investigators said they learned the girl never boarded her school bus and that she had left home without her school books.
Norman said she believes Rebecca committed suicide, although investigators have not called the girl’s death a suicide.
Rebecca had been bullied by classmates at Crystal Lake Elementary School, where she had previously attended class, Norman said. Norman said that after Rebecca was beaten twice, she took her daughter out of school and filed an online bullying report with the school district.
Norman homeschooled her for the rest of the year, then enrolled her in Lawton Chiles Middle Academy for the new school year.
Rebecca had seemed happy at the new school, but she was still being bullied by the same girls, who were sending her messages through social media, Norman said.
Norman said she had bought a cell phone and an electronic reader for Rebecca, which was how she received the messages.
However, Norman said she had no idea anything was wrong until Rebecca disappeared Monday.
“My life is just never going to be the same,” she said. “I’m missing a big part of it.”
School district officials said their sympathies are with Rebecca’s family, and that they are investigating the situation.