Fundraisers held for bullied girl after suicide


Rebecca Ann Sedwick

POLK COUNTY, Fla. - Fundraisers are being held to help cover funeral expenses for the 12-year-old Lakeland girl who authorities say was bullied for months before her suicide.

The first fundraiser for Rebecca Sedwick was held Saturday in Brandon. WTSP reports volunteers are having a car wash at a 7-Eleven in Lakeland on Sunday for a second fundraiser.

Her funeral is Monday at the Whidden McLean Funeral Home in Bartow. Attendees are asked to wear bright colors.

Polk County authorities say Sedwick was "terrorized" for nearly a year. The bullying started over a "boyfriend issue." Last Monday, authorities say she climbed a tower at an abandoned concrete plant and hurled herself to her death.

Authorities have seized computers and cellphones from some of the girls as they decide whether to bring charges.