Transcript for Florida Sheriff Looks Into Charging Parents in Florida Bullying Case
And last night we told you about the florida sheriff who said it's time to get tougher on bullies. Even young ones. He charged two young girls in the suicide death of a classmate. Now tonight he is looking into the possibility to charge the parents too. Abc's matt gutman now sits down with two of those parents in an abc news exclusive. Reporter: Tonight, the parents of a 14-year-old girl accused of bullying another girl to suicide are defending their daughter and themselves. Do you think of your daughter as a criminal? No, she's not a criminal. Reporter: Their daughter is locked up in this polk county, florida jail. Charged with another 12-year-old girl, with felony aggravated stalking. Police say for ten months the two bludgeoned rebecca sedwick with online abuse. That she should, "drink bleach and die," and, "should kill herself." Which the 14-year-old' parents says she couldn't have written those things. Everyday you checked that phone. Text messages? Facebook? Everything. If we saw something that was not right, we would've addressed it and it would've ended right then. Reporter: But it allegedly didn't end. The bullying continued. Until rebecca sedwick came to this abandoned cement factory and threw herself off one of those silos. Polk county sheriff grady judd was at the scene that day. And when one of the girl's facebook pages turned up with this message, showing no remorse, took an emotional stand to fight the epidemic the only way he knows how. Upon. Our two new felons. Reporter: He arrested them. And says he is investigating the parents. Her parents insist that her facebook was hacked and that they monitor her facebook every single night. Yeah, that's baloney. Those parents haven't cared from the very beginning. After this initial event, after the initial interviews, why did they let her stay on facebook any longer? Reporter: Whether a child is a victim of bullying, or a bully, experts say the rules for parents are the same. We need to take what we know about offline parenting and apply it online. Reporter: The sheriff agrees. We should never get involved in a bullying case. Parents, friends, neighbors, they should take care of this. Reporter: Matt gutman, abc news, lakeland, florida.
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