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.

Florida state Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen (R) spoke with Elisabeth Hasselbeck this morning on Fox and Friends about the proposed legislation.

“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.


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