rebecca sedwick's mother is on a mission to end bullying
Tricia Norman, flanked by her two children, talked to parents, teachers and coaches about bullying. Norman believes bullying is what drove her 12-year-old daughter to commit suicide last month. (Jacqueline Ingles/WFTS)
Hair ribbons with Rebecca's name on them were made and sold to help with funeral expenses. (Jacqueline Ingles/WFTS)
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.