The attorney for a 14-year-old Florida girl charged with aggravated stalking that alledgedly led to the suicide of a 12-year-old classmate told CNN that her client isn't responsible for a controversial Facebook post that led to the suspect's arrest.
Police on Monday arrested two girls, ages 14 and 12, in connection with the death of Rebecca Sedwick, who jumped from the top of an abandoned concrete plant last month.
Authorities said the 14-year-old girl was Rebecca's chief tormenter, and the girl posted a taunting message Sautrday on the Internet about what had happened.
"Yes IK I bullied REBECCA nd she killed her self but IDGAF," the Facebook post read. Grady Judd, sheriff of Polk County, Florida, said the online vernacular meant "I don't give a (expletive)."
The 14-year-old's lawyer, Andrea DeMichael, told CNN her client "says that this is not as clear cut as it seems."
The girl denies she stalked Rebecca and she hasn't accessed Facebook recently, DeMichael said.
The girls, minors who are not being named by CNN, were charged with aggravated stalking.
Rebecca's mother called the arrests the best birthday present her daughter, who would have turned 13 this weekend, could have received.
Hostin believes there should be more legislation holding parents accountable.
“I think people have to legislate criminal responsibility for parents,” Hostin says. “I think this family can certainly sue them civilly, intentional infliction of emotional distress, but I think you have to have parental criminal responsibility.”
Wallace agrees that parenting plays a large role.
“We have to tell our kids that that is just not the way you treat people,” she says. “ And if you see sort of this ‘gang mentality’ online, we have to teach our kids to be strong enough and courageous enough to step up and say that's not okay.”