Proposed Law Would Make Bullying a Criminal Act in Florida
The mother of a 12-year-old who committed suicide is pushing to make bullying a criminal act in Florida. Authorities say Rebecca Sedwick killed herself after she was repeatedly bullied and harassed.
“Rebecca’s Law” would make bullying a criminal offense. There would be two levels: Bullying, a misdemeanor, and aggravated bullying, a felony.
Penalties for misdemeanor bullying include counseling, community service, juvenile detention, 60 days in prison and a $500 fine. Felony bullying would result in up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
“This law is designed to make sure that everyone knows that there is a consequence,” she said. “I don’t want to have one more girl like Rebecca take her life.”
Watch the full interview above.