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Tampa attorneys speak about Polk cyberbullying victim

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Attorneys with a Tampa firm Morgan & Morgan spoke at a press conference about cyberbullying and the case of Rebecca Sedwick Thursday morning.

Among the attorneys working on the case is former Florida Governor and Morgan and Morgan partner, Charlie Crist.

"This is a horrible tragedy that has occurred," Crist said. "It is sad beyond words. These types of things should never happen."

Tricia Norman, the mother of the 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick who committed suicide after being bullied online, retained the attorneys with Morgan &Morgan. Norman said she's looking for one thing to come out of this case.

"Justice, definitely justice," she said. "And I think it will help raise awareness, too."

David Henry is the lead attorney on the case. He said the law firm is investigating numerous people and organizations at this point. Although he declined to name names, Henry said he believes there are more children involved in this bullying case. 
 
"We are looking at some children, who unfortunately did not act like children. They acted like very mean-spirited adults," Henry said.

Norman has said in the past, she and her daughter reported the bullying to her school, but there was not much done by the administration to help with the situation. Henry said the Morgan and Morgan is not specifically looking at the Polk County School district as a target for future lawsuits.

"We want to make sure we aren't the bullies here," Henry said. "We want to make sure when we file a lawsuit, that we have identified and are going after the right people."

Two girls, 14-year-old Guadelupe Shaw and 12-year-old Katelyn Roman, have already been charged with a felony count for aggravated stalking in the suicide case.

Another Tampa lawyer Jose Baez will represent Roman, arrested for allegedly bullying Rebecca in the criminal case.

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The attorneys spoke about cyberbullying and their efforts to help Sedwick's family through this case.

"There are millions of other young people throughout the country who are forced to deal with bullying at school and now in their homes day in and day out," Matt Morgan said. "All it takes is a computer, and your child could become a target. Our children deserve better. Rebecca deserved better."

Morgan also said Tricia Norman and her family have received an outpouring of support from the community. Morgan and Morgan has set up a fund for people to make donations to Rebecca's funeral costs. Those costs totaled $5400. Any money collected beyond that will be donated to an anti-bullying campaign.

"If you can find it in your hearts to go to the site, and make a contribution, it can be a dollar, it can be $5. It can be whatever you feel compelled to do," Morgan said.

For more information on the fund, visit http://www.forthepeople.com/rebecca-sedwick.

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