A grieving mother announced in November 2013 that she planned to convince legislators to create some new anti-bullying legislation after fellow students allegedly drove her daughter to commit suicide in September. This new legislation may mean big changes for students attending schools in major cities in Florida like Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville. The mother also plans to file wrongful death claims against the bullies as well.
A month after the suicide, sheriffs from Polk County arrested a 12 and 14-year-old on charges of aggravated stalking. The charges were dropped by November due to insufficient evidence. An attorney for the 12-year-old said the family planned to eventually file a lawsuit against the Polk County Sherriff's Office. According to the state law the mother and her attorney are proposing, children that are habitually bullying their peers may be sent to juvenile detention centers. Schools that are endowed with public funding would be required to implement and adhere to anti-bullying initiatives as well.