Bills Filed to Make Bullying Illegal in Florida

The bill would make it a first-degree misdemeanor to willfully, maliciously or repeatedly harass or cyberbully another person, and a third-degree felony if there's a "credible threat" involved in the harassment.

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    Rebecca Sedwick

    The mother of a Florida girl who committed suicide after she was allegedly bullied is backing a bill that would make bullying illegal in the state.

    Tricia Norman appeared along with her attorney and State Representative Heather Fitzenhagen at a news conference today to announce that HB 451 and an accompanying bill in the Florida Senate have been filed.

    The bill would make it a first-degree misdemeanor to willfully, maliciously or repeatedly harass or cyberbully another person, and a third-degree felony if there's a "credible threat" involved in the harassment.

    Stepmom of Teen Accused in Florida Bullying Case Arrested: Deputies

    [MI] Stepmother of Teen Accused in Florida Bullying Case Arrested on Unrelated Charges: Authorities
    Florida deputies said they arrested on Friday the stepmother of a 14-year-old accused of bullying a girl prior to her suicide because she punched two boys who had been fighting on a bed.

    Norman's daughter, 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, committed suicide in September. A month later, the Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested two of her classmates, ages 12 and 14, on charges of aggravated stalking. Those charges were dropped because of insufficient evidence.