TAMPA, FL (WFTS/CNN) – The mother of a bullied girl wants justice.
Police say Tricia Norman's 12-year-old daughter jumped to her death after being bullied. Now two girls have been charged with aggravated stalking in connection with the case. Norman has now hired two high-profile lawyers.
It has been a whirlwind of a past few weeks for Norman, who is now bringing attention to bullying she believed drove her daughter, 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, to take her own life.
"I wish it was known before, but I'm grateful for it now, because we might be able to save other kids and other parents from going through this," said Norman.
Flanked by her attorneys David Henry, Matt Morgan and Charlie Crist in downtown Tampa, FL, they announced they are bringing a civil lawsuit in Polk County, FL against the parties they feel played a role in her death.
The legal team feels it's a strong case.
"It lets the wrongdoers know that society will not accept that sort of conduct. It does set the parameters," said attorney David Henry.
Henry said after the press conference that he told some of the parties they're considering bringing suit against at least a dozen kids for intentional stress on Rebecca, their parents for negligence, the Polk County School Board for negligent supervision, and the owner of the cement plant where Rebecca's body was discovered for being negligent in securing their property.
They say it's about sending a message.
"We sometimes use the saying, that a lawsuit is sometime like throwing a pebble in a pond, the ripple effect. We intend in this case, to throw a boulder," said Henry.
While a lawsuit can't bring Rebecca back, her mother says it's about what she can do now.
"Justice, most definitely justice, and I think we'll help raise awareness, too," said Norman.
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