Lakeland, Florida -- The mother of a 12-year-old who killed herself after being bullied continues to try and make a difference for other victims.

At a news conference Friday, Trisha Norman and lawyers from Morgan & Morgan, talked about House Bill 451."Rebecca's Law" aims to create criminal penalties at the state level to help fight the expanding epidemic of bullying and cyberbullying among our nation's youth.

It's named for Rebecca Sedwick who committed suicide in Polk County in September.

The law is backed by representatives from Lee County who plan on taking Norman to present it on the floor.Norman believes if this law were already in place, her daughter may still be alive.

"Rebecca's Law" would criminalize bullying at a state level.It would require schools to establish strict rules to combat bullying in order to receive federal funding.

You can read more about your school district's bullying policy by clicking the links below:

Hillsborough County

Pinellas County

Polk County

Pasco County

Manatee County

Sarasota County


Bullying Prevention tips from the FL Department of Education

SafeCircles- Tricia Norman launches online social media site that protects registered users from bullying.Click here for a tutorial.


Rebecca Sedwick, 12, took her own life because of bullying

Photos:Rebecca Sedwick's story

Bullied girl would have turned 13 Saturday

Arrests made:2 girls arrested after bullying victim's suicide

Mom of teen facing charges in bullying suicide is arrested


Some parents not pleased with bullying suicide arrests

Rebecca's mom speaks after teen arrests in bullying suicide case

Sedwick's former boyfriend:Speak up if you see bullying

Mother says school district could have done more to stop bullying

Bullying policies:

Why didn't new cyberbullying law help Rebecca?

Mom criticizes school district's bullying policy

Polk Sheriff proposes civil process to punish bullies

Former Gov. Crist teams up with bullying victim's mom

Bullying could become criminal offense with new Florida bill

Court updates:

Casey Anthony attorney to represent girl in bullying case

Baez calls teen client in bullying case a victim

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