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Lakeland, Florida -- 10 News will take its questions to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in the push for answers about a girl whose family says was driven to suicide by bullying.

We continue to work to understand how complaints from Rebecca Sedwick's family about bullying were handled by her school and the Polk County school district.

We will take our questions to Judd on Thursday, now that the school district has told us it handed over one of the complaints to deputies for an investigation.

STORY: Candlelight memorial held for Rebecca Sedwick

So many questions and so many tears poured out during a vigil Wednesday night at the industrial site where Rebecca Sedwick took her own life Monday.

"We've lost a beautiful child that had a bright future. For what reason? To be bullied?" Sedwick's uncle shouted to the tearful crowd. "Why? 'Cause your clothes are better than hers? Your shoes look better than hers?"

Just 12 years old, her family says they had switched schools, shut down her Facebook account, and tried other things to stop the bullying piled on her by other middle school girls.

Her mother says she complained to the staff at Crystal Lake Middle School about the bullying, and filed a report. But the bullying didn't stop.

When Sedwick went to a new school, the harassment followed her online on social websites and services outside of Facebook.

Her family has now found online bullying directed at Sedwick posted just four days before her suicide.

What became of that report passed on to the Polk County Sheriff's Office? Was it followed through?

We're expecting answers from Sheriff Grady Judd in a press conference Thursday morning at sheriff's office headquarters in Winter Haven.

You can read more about your school district's bullying policy by clicking the links below:

Hillsborough County:

https://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/portals/parents.asp

Pinellas County:

https://www.pcsb.org/index.php?

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