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Charlie Crist among attorneys for mom of bullied Polk girl


Published:   |   Updated: October 24, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is among the attorneys representing the mother of a 12-year-old Lakeland girl who jumped to her death after being bullied.

Crist appeared Thursday at a news conference in Tampa with Tricia Norman, the mother of Rebecca Sedwick.

Norman is exploring her legal options, her attorneys said.

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 Rebecca’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.”

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

Henry, Crist and Matt Morgan of the Morgan & Morgan firm were at the news conference outside their downtown Tampa office.

Two of Sedwick’s schoolmates, who deputies said were primarily responsible for the bullying, were arrested last week. The girls, ages 14 and 12, faces charges of aggravated 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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