LAKELAND, Fla. - As the nation's eyes are now locked on Crystal Lake Middle School and the loss of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, parents say the effects of bullying may finally get the attention it needs.
On Tuesday, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced the arrest of two kids -- ages 12 and 14 -- for aggravated stalking. They're accused of tormenting Rebecca for more than a year starting when they all attended Crystal Lake Middle School.
"For something tragic like this to happen, it's definitely an eye opener," said Charlette Speights, whose kids also attend Crystal Lake.
She feels the national conversation on bullying that's happening now may actually do some good.
"I believe it takes a village to raise a child. We just need to come together to do the best we can to raise our kids," Speights said.
Since Rebecca's death, Assistant Superintendent at Polk Schools, Nancy Woolcock said they've noticed some progress.
"We have seen an increase in the reporting of bullying. Parents seem to be paying attention now," she said.
But there's still a lot of work to be done.
The district recently sent home flyers on bullying directed to kids and parents. They also worked on presentations for PTA meetings.
"I still believe some of our students don't understand the whole cyber bullying piece -- that other students can see (what they post), and the impact of it," she said. "It's really easy to be able to do something on a device than to do something face to face."
Woolcock said they are also pushing the district's web site ( http://www.polk-fl.net/bullying ) where families can report bullying right from home.
"There's a terrible sense of loss that I personally feel and also as a mother I can't imagine what Rebecca's mom is going through," Woolcock said.
"We've had measures in place. We'll continue to look at all the measures we have in place and add things as we need to."
Crystal Lake Middle School is holding a meeting for parents Thursday night at 6 p.m. that will focus on bullying and cyber-bullying.
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