After the tragic death of a 12-year-old girl from Panama City Beach, Florida, two of her classmates have been arrested for cyberbullying, reported ABC News. Gabriella Green reportedly hanged herself on January 10, and police believe extreme bullying took place in the days leading up to her death.
Two 12-year-olds, a boy and a girl, have been arrested in connection with Green’s death, Panama City Beach officials stated in a news release. Their names haven’t been released, but the two suspects were interviewed by police after investigators examined several social media accounts and cell phones related to the case.
Both allegedly confessed to cyberbullying Green, and one suspect, the girl, allegedly admitted to starting rumors about her.
"Her actions consisted of starting rumors of the victim having sexually transmitted diseases, vulgar name-calling ... and threats to 'expose' personal and sensitive details of the victim's life," a police report stated.
While the girl reportedly started nasty rumors, the boy allegedly encouraged Green to kill herself. He told police he spoke to Green via video chat after a previous suicide attempt. She even had marks on her neck, according to the police report.
"[He] responded by saying something to the effect of, 'If you're going to do it, just do it,' and ended the call," police wrote. "He immediately regretted that statement, and began calling and text-messaging her, but did not receive a response."
According to authorities, neither pre-teen suspect told an adult or called the police regarding Green. Both allegedly admitted to the cops they knew their actions "would result in emotional distress."
Green reportedly hanged herself with a dog leash in her closet, the police report said.
Her school put out the following statement: "We continue to mourn the loss of Gabbie and our hearts go out to her family, her friends and to everyone at Surfside Middle School. This is an absolutely tragic situation."
Gabriella's mother, Tanya Green, told the Panama City News Herald the arrests "were gratifying.” Still, she doesn’t appear to blame the children. Instead, she believes their parents and the school are responsible.
Tanya said that day before her daughter's death, she and her husband decided to try to move Green into a private school, citing the effects of bullying. The mother told the New Herald that on the day Gabrielle died, she complained of “girl drama.” About 40 minutes later, she was dead.
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