Tuesday 20 March 2018

Two girls (12) charged with cyberstalking after classmate dies by suicide

Gabriella Green (left) with her mother, Tanya Green Photo: Facebook
Gabriella Green (left) with her mother, Tanya Green Photo: Facebook
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Two 12-year-old girls have been charged with cyberstalking after their classmate took her own life in Florida.

The 12-year-old suspects were arrested in connection to the January 10 death of Gabriella Green (12), who allegedly took her own life, the Northwest Florida Daily reported.

Gabriella had reportedly been receiving harassing messages from her classmates at Surfside Middle School.

The pre-teens were arrested after police went through mobile phones and social media accounts.

Police interviewed both of the suspects, who reportedly confessed to cyberbullying Gabriella.

“[The suspect’s] actions consisted of starting rumors of the victim having sexually transmitted diseases, vulgar name-calling … and threats to ‘expose’ personal and sensitive details of the victim’s life,” the police report said, according to the Florida Times Union.

The other minor involved in the case is accused of encouraging Green to take her own life.

“[He] responded by saying something to the effect of, ‘If you’re going to do it, just do it,’ and ended the call,” police said in a report obtained by the Florida Times Union. “He immediately regretted that statement, and began calling and text-messaging her, but did not receive a response.”

Police, however, said the investigation didn’t reveal that cyberbullying was the sole cause of death.

Gabriella’s mom, Tanya, called the arrests “gratifying,” but said more needs to be done to prevent cyberbullying, according to the Northwest Florida Daily.

“It’s going to help others at her school,” she said. “It’s going to start at her school. It’s going to help others around the world.”

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article please contact Samaritans helpline 116 123 or Aware helpline 1800 80 48 48 or Pieta House on 1800 247 247.

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