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:
Photos:Rebecca Sedwick's story
Arrests made:2 girls arrested after bullying victim's suicide
Sedwick's former boyfriend:Speak up if you see bullying
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