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Updated: 10/25/2013 01:19:01AM

Mother of bullied girl looking at legal options

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The mother of a 12-year-old Florida girl who jumped to her death after being bullied for months is exploring her legal options, her attorneys said Thursday.

Attorneys for Rebecca Sedwick’s mother have taken no legal action yet, but they haven’t ruled out suing Polk County schools or the parents of two middle school girls who were arrested in connection with Sedwick’s death, they said.

“It’s a difficult process,” said David Henry, lead attorney for Tricia Norman. “There are a number of other children who also participated.”

Among the attorneys representing Norman is former Gov. Charlie Crist.

“It’s got to be stopped. It’s got to be rooted out,” Crist said at a news conference. “It’s not like somebody getting shoved on a playground.”

Two of Sedwick’s schoolmates, who deputies say were primarily responsible for the bullying, were arrested last week. The girls, ages 14 and 12, were charged with stalking.

Norman’s attorneys said they have set up a website to help her raise $5,400 to pay for funeral costs. Any additional funds will be used for anti-bullying causes.

“A little bit of me is angry,” Norman said. “I’m grateful for the chance to save other kids.”


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