Posted by Maria Mangicaro
Bullying Prevention Advocate
Rebecca Sedwick’s ex-boyfriend — who also dated accused bully — slams schoolgirl jealousy for causing suicide
John Borgen of Lakeland, Fla., says he dated Rebecca Sedwick, 12, and more recently Guadalupe Shaw, 14, but never dreamed one would end up taking her own life and the other would end up in jail.
John Borgen, the former boyfriend of both Rebecca Sedwick and Guadalpue Shaw, who has been charged in Sedwick’s death, says that he knew as many as 15 girls from school were teaming up against Sedwick but never expected her to kill herself.
The boy at the heart of an alleged love triangle that led to 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick’s bullying and eventual suicide is speaking out for the first time to condemn their actions.
John Borgen of Lakeland, Fla., says he dated Sedwick and more recently 14-year-old Guadalupe Shaw but never dreamed it would result in one taking her own life and the other landing behind bars.
“They need to take life seriously,” Borgen told WTSP of the crimes accused against Shaw and a second girl, aged 12. “Why do you need to be bullying somebody?”
Borgen says he knew that as many of 15 girls had teamed up against Sedwick in her final days with the 12-year-old described by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department as being Sedwick’s former best friend.
“It shocked me,” said Borgen of Sedwick’s eventual suicide on Sept. 9. “It made me mad because she should have just told somebody.”
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