Mental Health

Real Stories of Teen Suicide that Will Make You Think

A group of girls told Rebecca Sedwick to "Go kill yourself" and "Why are you still alive?"

In 2013, 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick committed suicide by jumping from the top of an abandoned cement silo. When police investigated her death, they discovered that a group of approximately fifteen female classmates had been sending Rebecca a series of abusive messages in the time leading up to her suicide. Apparently, the girls sending the hateful messages were jealous of Rebecca’s prior romantic involvement with a certain male classmate. The vicious messages included comments like “Why are you still alive?” and “Go kill yourself.”

Investigators also found that, before her death, Rebecca had searched online using alarming phrases like: “How many over-the-counter drugs do you take to die?”; “What is overweight for a 13-year-old girl?”; “How to get blades out of a razor”; and “What not to say to a cutter.” In the past, Rebecca had been hospitalized, and then made fun of, for slitting her wrists.

Immediately prior to her suicide, Rebecca messaged a friend stating, “I’m jumping. I can’t take it anymore.” After learning of Rebecca’s death, the 14-year-old “queen bee” of the alleged “Mean Girls” stated on Facebook, “Yes ik [I know] I bullied REBECCA nd [sic] she killed her self [sic] but IDGAF [I don’t give a –expletive-].”

Photo: CBS News