Warning Signs of Suicide Not Always Easy to See
LAKELAND- We are learning that Rebecca Sedwick, the 12 year old Lakeland girl who tragically ended her life after she couldn't take any more cyber bullying, had ties to North Central Florida.
There are those who remember Sedwick as a happy girl when she lived and attended school in Chiefland not that long ago.
Thursday, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced that investigators believe 15 kids bullied the girl, and if they can charge the kids under Florida's new cyber bullying law...they will.
We spoke to local psychiatrist, Dr. Elias Sarkis, who says that the warning signs leading up to suicide aren't always there...and parents aren't always the ones who can detect them - "it's very hard to be aware of a child becoming suicidal because its a gradual process. It's also hard for a parent who sees their child every day to pick up on the subtle changes…could be easier for a grandparent or someone who sees the child once a month to detect that actually."
Sedwick's mother has publicly said that she was aware of the bullying but didn't know it would go this far.
She offers advice to parents, saying she wishes she had been watching what her child was doing online closer.
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