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Sedwick's grandmother starts petition calling for stricter bullying laws
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Lakeland, Florida -- Just days after Rebecca Sedwick's mother went public about her crusade to make sure what happened to her daughter doesn't happen to anyone else or their families, Rebecca's grandmother is also taking steps to help.

On Wednesday, Pat Jones announced she started a petition on Care2.com to show her support for her granddaughter who committed suicide after officials say she was bullied incessantly last year by two other girls.

"Becca was the kindest, most thoughtful young lady that I have ever known,"
said Jones. "Now we are her voice, and her voice will be heard, no matter
who we have to contact or what we need to do to make sure not one more child is
hurt or lost to 'Death By Bullying!'"

Jones' petition is demanding that bullying laws be updated to hold schools and law enforcement accountable to the damage bullying can inflict on young people.

The petition comes after Jones and her family were devastated to find that on Nov. 20, the two girls who were found to be responsible for Sedwick's bullying had their charges of aggravated stalking dropped.

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Despite this disappointment for the family, the case has rekindled a national discussion about the "epidemic" of bullying.

As of Friday afternoon, over 17,500 people have signed the petition that needs 18,000 signatures before it can be brought to state legislators.

CLICK HERE to read more and sign the petition.

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