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Mom: Daughter was bullied online

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Rebecca Sedwick's mother says she tried everything. She tried pulling her daughter from school, getting her off of social media -- but she says the bullying continued. Ultimately, she say,s her daughter took her own life.

Now she wants answers from the school district and a warning out to other parents.

Rebecca was just 12 years old.  Her body found inside a former cement company's compound in Lakeland. Her mother says several girls were bullying Rebecca repeatedly at Crystal Lake Middle School, so she pulled her out and home-schooled Rebecca for a few months last year. Then sent her to Lawton Chiles Middle Academy this year.

Her mother says her daughter seemed to love it but the bullying followed her online. Kids would tell her that she was ugly, worthless, and deserved to die.

Rebecca was supposed to get on the bus Monday morning, but never did. She was reported missing that night, when she didn't return home, and later investigators found her body.

Her mother says we keep hearing about cyberbullying, and it needs to stop.

"She hugged me, kissed me, told me she loved me, seemed fine. We watched our TV shows together, we were laughing and joking around," Tricia Norman said.  "I think she took her own life. She didn't feel like she was worth anything."

Norman knew how distraught Rebecca was over the bullying when she was at her last school. Her mother says she tried to monitor Rebecca's phone and even deleted her Facebook account, but after searching her phone, she realized there were several other apps where the bullying had continued.

Rebecca's mother is telling investigators that there were five girls that were bullying her daughter. Many are wondering:  What happens to them? Could they face charges?

It is possible, and that's in part because of a new Florida law passed this year that prohibits bullying or harassment and that includes cyberbullying.

Wednesday afternoon, Sheriff Grady Judd announced that he'd hold a press conference on Thursday to discuss the investigation into Rebecca's death.

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