St. Petersburg, Florida — A 15-year-old girl has been arrested for bullying three other girls through text messaging.
St. Petersburg Police Department detectives began investigating the cyber bullying case in late October. The 15-year-old suspect allegedly used an app called “KIK” to send several hundred threatening texts to three victims.
All three of the victims were also 15-year-old girls, and the suspect sent hundreds of threatening texts and even death threats including:
“Nobody like you” and “I hate you so much.”
The suspect knew that a relative of one of the victims had recently committed suicide, and encouraged that victim to commit suicide and “go see” her relative, rather than force the suspect to have to kill her.
Reportedly, the suspect was once friends with the victims but became hostile toward them after she felt alienated.
Police say the girl admitted to sending some of the texts, but not all. She did admit to sending this particular text to one of the victims:
“If this isn’t bullying then I don’t know what is.”
The suspect was initially interviewed by detectives on Monday, and was told to have not contact with the victims. However she continued to send threatening texts to them.
She was arrested Thursday and transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
This is the second bullying-related case in recent months, in which arrests were made. The first involved two girls being arrested the cyber-bullying that resulted in the suicide of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick.