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St. Petersburg teen accused of cyberbullying

ST. PETERSBURG – A 15-year-old girl was arrested Thursday and accused of sending hundreds of threatening text messages to three other 15-year-old girls who are students at the same St. Petersburg high school, in what police say is a case of cyber-bullying.

The girl was charged with three counts of aggravated stalking and one count of tampering with a witness. The later charge was filed after the teen disobeyed detectives when they asked her Monday to stop having contact with any of the victims, St. Petersburg police reported.

The Tampa Tribune is not naming the girl because of her age and because she is not charged with a violent crime.

Using a software application called KIK, the girl is accused of sending hundreds of threats to the three girls over an eight-day period. “If this isn’t bullying, I don’t know what is,” was one of the texts, said St. Petersburg police spokesman Bill Proffitt.

KIK is a Canadian company that allows users to send texts via the Internet without having to use a cellular telephone, Proffitt said.

The girl knew one of the girls recently had lost a relative to suicide, and taunted her about it, Proffitt said. She suggested the girl join her late relative by slitting her wrists, Proffitt said.

The girl once had been friends with the victims, but she became hostile toward them after she felt they didn’t want anything to do with her anymore, Proffitt said.

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