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Katelyn Roman & Guadalupe Shaw, Bully Suspects in Teen’s suicide
Katelyn Roman, 12, and Guadalupe Shaw, 14, were publicly named by the Polk County Sheriff's department in
Florida as being responsible for the bullying that led to the suicide of Rebecca Sedwick.
The Florida sheriff investigating a girl's suicide allegedly brought on by online bullying said one of the two girls
arrested showed 'total disregard for life' after posting a comment online about the girl's death.
"We knew that there was total disregard for life, and if she would say those things after she bullied Rebecca
and after the parents knew that, we had to act more quickly," says Sheriff Grady Judd, from Polk County, Fla.
Two girls, ages 12 and 14, were identified by police as the main culprits in the bullying they say led to 12-year-
old Rebecca Sedwick's suicide. Grady said he was referring to a post made by the 14-year-old early Saturday
morning after she apparently learned about Sedwick's death.
The family of the 14-year-old girl said her computer account was hacked and that she was not posting
anymore. Judd questioned their account.
"You tell me that there's not parents, who instead of taking that device and smashing it into a 1,000 pieces in
front of her child, says, 'Oh, her account was hacked?' We see where the problem is."
Sedwick was "terrorized" by as many as 15 girls who ganged up on her and picked on her for months through
online message boards and texts, authorities said. One of the suspects had been dating Sedwick's former
boyfriend. The two had gone to the same school where, at one point, there was a physical confrontation
between the girls, authorities said.
The girl who had been dating Sedwick's former boyfriend went to friends around the school and tried to have
them turn on Sedwick, Judd said. The girl posted comments on the Internet saying Sedwick should "drink
bleach and die," authorities said. The second girl arrested was a former best friend of Sedwick's who was
influenced by the other girl to turn on her, authorities said.
On Sept. 9, Sedwick climbed a tower at an abandoned concrete plant and jumped to her death, authorities
"It kind of opened up the wounds and made it fresh again," Tricia Norman, Sedwick's mother told our news
source. "But at the same time it brings some kind of relief because they're finally listening. But I hate, I really
hate that it took this happening before people really started listening."
Adam Lanza's murder spree at Sandy Hook may have been 'act of revenge'
Adam Lanza's motive for the shooting rampage that tore through Sandy Hook Elementary School and left 26
people dead remains a mystery, but Marvin LaFontaine, a friend of Adam's mother Nancy, is convinced
Adam had been harboring resentment toward the school after being bullied for years.
Newtown killer Adam Lanza may have launched his murder spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School as an
“act of revenge,” our news source has learned.
A close friend of Lanza’s mother told our news source that the troubled boy was a target of relentless
bullying when he attended the Connecticut school years ago.
“I think Adam felt betrayed by the school and this was his act of revenge,” said Marvin LaFontaine, a friend of
“Nancy told me he was being picked on at school. That they were just torturing him.”
Bullying, being called ‘snitch’ drives Georgia boy, 13, to suicide
Devin Brown had reported a classmate who threatened to kill a teacher with a knife. After the incident, he
was bullied mercilessly at Rothschild Middle School in Columbus, Ga.
A 13-year-old Georgia boy was hailed as a hero by his family for reporting a classmate with a knife who
threatened to kill a teacher. But Devin Brown’s quick-thinking cost him his life, his father says, after
merciless bullying and threats led him to commit suicide.
Ray Brown says his son for a hero for telling school staff a classmate had a butcher knife and threatened a
teacher. His peers, instead, called him a ‘snitch.’
"He said everyone is calling me a snitch and he said there's about 15-20 people who want to jump on me,"
Ray Brown told WLTZ-TV.
It wasn’t the first instance of teasing since Devin Brown started at Rothschild Middle School six months ago,
but it proved the last. His 8th grade classmates were merciless since the bullying started in November, Ray
"He came home one time and had some peanut butter pies he had made for school. When he walked
through the door he had some pie left and he had it all over him. Someone had jumped on him and
smeared it all over him. But he never wanted to talk about that. We talked to the school, they said we haven't
heard anything about it and just let it go," Brown said.
The boy found solace in mixed martial arts fighting and cooking but his hobbies weren’t enough. The same
day he told his father he’d been called a snitch, Devin Brown was found hanged in his closet, a belt around
Sports, school or the workplace, we should get serious about bullying
Every few years we will have a laughable national debate on bullying - often after some horrendous event
which has shocked even the most jaded among us - with mental health experts making the rounds on
television talk shows, with advice on what we as a nation must do. The hosts will nod their heads, and ask
grave questions, and sometimes we will hear from victims of bullying. Cut to commercial break . . . and ads
for the new Bruce Willis action film, Die Hardly: Where the Hell is my Vitamin E?
Business as usual.
How many times (especially since Columbine) have we heard about bullying in schools, and what to watch
out for? And how to help those who are being bullied? End of problem. We can all go to bed safe at night
now, our consciences clear.
Rest in peace.
We have also seen bullying in the workplace - from fellow workers as well as bosses, and on the field -
from fellow athletes as well as fanatics. There is bullying in the military. Hell, we see it daily on Facebook,
the great social network, where people who are all meek and mild in reality get hateful when they can hide
behind their tiny little smiling picture.
What happens when people get bullied - aside from the fact that bullies get some cheap amusement?
At the very most, SUICIDE! MURDER!
At the very least, there is depression. And sometimes, someone snaps and decides to do something about
it. Help us stop our Nation's Next National Tragedy! Take a stand! Speak Loudly! Stop Bullying Now!
Estero, Florida teens arrested for Facebook bullying
ESTERO, FL - Two high school students were arrested after they reportedly created fake Facebook profiles
to bully one of their classmates.
Taylor Wynn, and McKenzie Barker, both of Estero, were charged with Aggravated Stalking of a Minor Under
16 Years of Age - a felony.
Investigators say the girls posted lewd comments and obscene pictures of the victim, an unidentified
teenage girl, on two Facebook accounts that were created at Wynn's home in April.
According to a Lee County Sheriff's Office report, the profiles, which allowed other students to blog, view
pictures and make comments about the victim, were set up to make it seem like she created them herself.
Wynn told detectives she made the pages as a joke because "nobody liked [the victim]," the report said.
Barker reportedly sent Wynn a picture of the victim's head on a nude prepubescent girl's body and then
Wynn edited the picture and posted it on Facebook.
The victim told investigators she initially thought the pages would just go away, but students began teasing
and ridiculing her.
Detectives arrested Wynn and Barker Wednesday and took them to the Lee County Jail for booking.