Florida police have charged two 12-year-old students with cyberstalking after a fellow student committed suicide, as reported by CNN.
Panama City Beach authorities wrote in a statement on Tuesday that the body of 12-year-old Gabriella Green was found unresponsive in her home on January 10. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital, with a medical examiner announcing that she had died after hanging herself.
Investigators interviewed Green’s friends and family, eventually zeroing in on two fellow students, a girl and a boy, who allegedly had been cyberstalking the young girl.
Police found a record of texts from a 12-year-old girl, which they detailed in a statement to reporters.
“Her 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,” police said in a statement, noting that these texts had been deleted upon Green’s death.
Authorities also found an incriminating video chat with the boy, who allegedly urged Green to actually commit suicide, as reported by New York Post.
“If you’re going to do it, just do it,” investigators note he said during the video chat, just before hanging up.
The unnamed 12-year-old boy has told police that he regretted saying that during the video chat, though he did not alert any adults later on, when he could no longer get ahold of Green, likely after she had already committed suicide.
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Authorities have not indicated that cyberbullying was the only factor in Green’s suicide, merely that it “was transpiring at the time of her death.”
Tanya Green, the girl’s mother, has stated that there is one positive takeaway from the tragic loss of her daughter.
“I have teens, children as young as third grade and adults messaging me from all over the world inspired by our girl and her beautiful spirit,” she told CNN.
Ginger Littleton, chairwoman of the board in Bay District Schools, where the students attended, released a statement on the tragic loss.
“This tragedy has not only forever impacted one family, but the hurt and pain is now being felt by multiple families. We will continue to do all we can to guide and teach our students about the dangers of bullying and social media.”
The family has set up a GoFundMe to raise money for funeral expenses.
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