Rebecca Sedwick's mom talked to parents and teachers about the need to put a stop to bullying

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla - Words are weapons.  Choose your words wisely.

That is the message Tricia Norman wanted to get across to children and parents when she spoke at Cowboy Stadium in Seffner on Tuesday night.

Norman's daughter, Rebecca Sedwick, committed suicide last month.  Norman believes severe and repeated bullying drove the 12-year-old to take her life.

She jumped off an old cement tower in Polk County.

"The bullies singled her out and just kept attacking until she just couldn't take it anymore," Norman told the crowd.

Norman wanted parents and children to know that bullying can be stopped by how we choose to talk to one another. 

"I wouldn't wish this on anybody. It's very heartbreaking and it leaves a big hole that can never be filled," Norman said.

Norman tried putting bullying, both online and in person, in perspective for parents, teachers and coaches who may feel their is nothing they can do.

"We as Americans can put men in space, we have bombs that can destroy the entire world but we are hopeless at stopping a 12 and 13-year-old from driving another child to their death?"
 
Many in attendance wore green shirts that said, "Stop bullying."  Others had ribbons with Rebecca's name painted on them.
 
But it is not what those in attendance brought with them but what they are taking away that will hopefully stop bullying.
 
"You have got to stick up for yourself," said parent Stacey Price.  "Come and talk to someone."
 
"Bullying has to stop," said Jada Cohn, a student in attendance.
 
Stopping it, according to Norman, starts with the words you allow to come out of your mouth and your child's.
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