Juvenile Girls Charged with Felony Aggravated Stalking for Online Bullying

by on January 23, 2014

Two girls from Florida are facing charges for felony aggravated stalking in connection to a classmate’s September suicide. 14-year-old Guadalupe Shaw and an unidentified 12-year-old are accused of bullying the suicide victim even after her death; Shaw reportedly posted this horrifying comment after news of the victim’s death went public: “Yes I know I bullied [her] nd she killed herself but IDGAF.”

According to authorities, up to 15 girls took part in the horrendous bullying, led by Shaw who allegedly targeted the victim because of a ‘boyfriend issue.’ Messages poured in for several months with content like, “Drink bleach and die,” “Why don’t you go kill yourself,” and other similar malicious notes of harassment. Additionally, Shaw and others are accused of physically harming the victim at least once prior to her death.

Though the victim was reportedly hospitalized for cutting her wrists in 2012 and was transferred out of Crystal Lakes Middle School where she attended classes with Shaw, the persistent tormenting failed to stop, eventually leading to her suicide.

Stalking Charges in Arizona

According to A.R.S. 13-2923, a person commits stalking in AZ if the knowingly or intentionally engage in any of the following types of conduct:

  1. Causes a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of their immediate family.
  2. Causes a reasonable person to fear their own death or the death of any of their immediate family members.

Pursuant to paragraph 1 of the above statute, stalking is typically charges as a class 5 felony in Arizona; pursuant to paragraph 2, a class 3 felony.

What does ‘conduct’ mean?

For the purposes of the above statute, conduct means either of the following:

  1. Maintaining physical or visual proximity to a specific person or directing written, verbal, or other threats, whether implied or expressed, to a specific person on 2 or more occasions over any period of time.
  2. Using any digital, electronic, or global positioning system device to survey a specific person or their Internet or wireless activity continuously for 12 or more hours on two or more occasions over any period of time without authorization.

Oftentimes, teenagers fail to understand how traumatizing their bullying can be, and most likely, they are hurting others because they are suffering through problems at home. If your child has been accused of harassing or stalking someone in Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, or another AZ city, the juvenile defense attorneys at JacksonWhite will work to decrease their penalties and will help them change the nature of their behavior. To get the help your child needs to move on from their mistakes, dial 480-818-9943 to schedule a FREE consultation with dedicated JacksonWhite juvenile crimes lawyer, Jeremy Geigle.

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