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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Two Girls Charged With Felonies in Bullying Case

Even as we focus on the Maryville, Mo. sexual assaults, comes word that two girls, 12 and 14, have been charged with felonies related to the suicide of classmate after a year of bullying.  One girl has taken "credit" for the suicide on Facebook and laughed about it.
The Facebook post, Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County said, was so offensive that he decided to move forward with the arrest immediately rather than continue to gather evidence. With a probable cause affidavit in hand, he sent his deputies Monday night to arrest two girls, calling them the “primary harassers.” The first, a 14-year-old, is the one who posted the comment Saturday, he said. The second is her friend, and Rebecca’s former best friend, a 12-year-old.
Both were charged with aggravated stalking, a third-degree felony and will be processed through the juvenile court system. Neither had an arrest record. The older girl was taken into custody in the juvenile wing of the Polk County Jail. The younger girl, who the police said expressed remorse, was released to her parents under house arrest.

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