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Two Florida Pre-teens Accused Of Cyberbullying Pal To Commit Suicide: 'Just Do It'

Two Florida Preteens Under Arrest For Encouraging Depressed Classmate To Kill Herself
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Jan. 24 2018, Published 7:58 p.m. ET

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Two 12-year-olds in Florida were under arrest for cyberstalking after the suicide of a classmate they are accused of harassing.

Panama City Beach officials say Gabriella Green, 12, was found dead at her home on January 10, after she had been getting threatening messages by two of her peers.

The Surfside Middle School student allegedly hung herself with a dog leash in a closet.

Investigators determined that Green was the victim of cyberbullying by the two pre-teens, whose names are being withheld because they are minors.

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According to the police report, one of the suspects admitted that she started rumors about Green in person, and online.

"Her actions consisted of starting rumors of the victim having sexually transmitted diseases, vulgar name-calling ... and threats to 'expose' personal and sensitive details of the victim's life," the police report said.

The other suspect, a boy, told police he video-chatted with Green after she told him she had attempted to hang herself and had marks on her neck, according to the report.

"(He) responded by saying something to the effect of, 'If you're going to do it, just do it,' and ended the call," police wrote. "He immediately regretted that statement, and began calling and text-messaging her, but did not receive a response."

Police issued a warning to parents to closely monitor what their kids see and share online.

"These specific cell phone applications have been found to be the root of several dangerous and negative situations, such as cyberbullying, sexting and potential access by online predators," police said in a news release after the tragic incident.

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