12-Year-Old Girls Charged with Cyberstalking after Gabriella Green’s Suicide

On January 10, 2018, Gabriella Green killed herself at home. Now, two 12-year-old girls have been charged with cyberstalking in connection with the suicide.

In early January, Gabriella Green, 12, had been suspended from her Panama City Beach, Florida school due to an alleged fight in a washroom. She was being plagued by harassing texts and social media messages from classmates.

Her mother Tanya suggested that she try to rise above the hate and just ignore it. Tanya said, “I just gave her adult advice: ‘Honey, you’ve got to be bigger than that. They must just be jealous of you.’”

Unbeknownst to Tanya, Gabriella Green had already begun to crack under the weight of the bullying. 40 minutes after receiving her mother’s advice, Green was found dead, hanging in a closet.

Police Seek Out Gabriella Green’s Alleged Tormentors

The moment police took on Green’s case, cyberstalking and bullying became their primary focus. It appears that Green became a target shortly after the family moved to Panama City Beach in 2016.

Her parents aren’t sure why she became a target, but the harassing texts and messages began shortly after she arrived at her new school. Her parents had decided to move her to another school on the day of the suicide.

Police began delving into the various messages and texts. They interviewed two 12-year-old girls about the cyberstalking and harassment.

Police are withholding the names of the two girls, but they have stated that both girls admitted to cyberbullying. The girls also acknowledged that their conduct was directed at Green, “knowing that said conduct would result in emotional distress.”

While they have said that cyberbullying may have been a factor in Gabriella Green’s suicide, police have not gone so far as to declare bullying the sole cause of death.

We will follow this story as it develops.


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