LAKELAND - The family of the 12-year-old girl who took her own life after putting up with bullies for more than a year, is now trying to get a law named in her honor.
"Becca's Law" would put more teeth in the current anti-bullying law to prevent the torment that pushed 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick to take her own life last month.
Pat Jones, Rebecca's Grandmother, started an online petition about two weeks ago.
Since the sheriff's office arrested two girls earlier this week on charges of aggravated stalking, the signatures and messages of support have been pouring in from all over the country.
"I had no idea that this many people cared," she said. "This isn't about Becca. This is about all children."
Florida already has a bullying and cyber bullying law on the books that gives schools the authority to handle punishment.
But in Rebecca's case, her mother made several complaints and all the school did was switch the kids' classes. The school system said it didn't know the harassment continued online.
"I want it enforced to where this doesn't happen again," Jones said. "I want the first notice of any kind of bullying or abuse or anything to be acted on immediately."
She think if the girls were suspended or punished right away, they would get the message and Rebecca would still be alive today.
Although there are privacy issues to sift through, the Florida School Boards Association now expects schools to start monitoring students online activity.
"I think we’re going to try to set up systems around the state where you can intermittently look at some students’ emails and things of that nature," said Wayne Blantan with the organization.
Legal experts tell ABC Action News it would be difficult to create a law designed solely to prosecute kids, but it's not stopping the grieving family.
By late Thursday afternoon, Jones was already a couple hundred signatures away from her goal of one thousand.
"It's Becca," she said. "Becca's doing this."
Sign the petition and support Becca's Law here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/232/264/905/in-memory-of-rebecca-ann-stop-bullying-for-good/#
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