Boy who dated cyberbullying victim has a message to bystanders: If you see something, say something

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," October 18, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: This is a FOX News alert. There is new information tonight in the case of the 12-year-old girl who jumped to her death from a tower. After months of online bullying, tonight, the mother of the 14- year-old bullying suspect now under arrest herself. Police say Vivian Vossburg is caught on video punching children in an unrelated case.

A short time ago, the Polk County, Florida, sheriff announcing the mother's arrest.


GRADY JUDD, SHERIFF, POLK COUNTY, FLA.: Vossburg was charged criminally today with two counts of child abuse, which is a third-degree felony, and four counts of child neglect.

What occurred was simply this: There was (sic) two boys fighting on the bed. And as you could see, Vivian rushed in and immediately started beating one of them with her fist.


VAN SUSTEREN: Now Vossburg says she was trying to break up fight.

And also tonight, the 13-year-old boy caught in the middle of the bullying case is speaking out. You are about to hear from this teen who dated one of the bullying suspects and the 12-year-old victim.

But, first, here is how the cyber bullying led to a 12-year-old girl's suicide.


UNIDENTIFIED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER: I came here and saw that a 12- year-old child, a baby, younger than some of my grandchildren, jumped off of this tower to her death. And I wanted to know why. And I found out why.

UNIDENTIFIED NEWS ANCHOR: Investigators say that 12-year-old Rebekah Sedwic was bullied so relentlessly that she took her own life.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Rebekah was told several times that she needed to adapt to her surroundings. She needed to develop a thicker skin. She just needed to ignore them. It's kind of hard to ignore when it follows you constantly.

JOHN BORGEN, DATED BULLYING VICTIM AND SUSPECT: I think about her almost like every day knowing that she had gotten bullied. I could have stopped it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's just so hard.


VAN SUSTEREN: 13-year-old John Borgen joins us, along with his mother, Yovanni Borgen.

Welcome to both of you.

And, John, first to you. What do you make of this bullying?

JOHN BORGEN: Actually, I don't like the bullying, so that's why I try to start a movement for, you know, for bystanders to speak up.

VAN SUSTEREN: Yovanni, how did you hear about this horrible tragedy?

YOVANNI BORGEN, MOTHER OF JOHN: I heard -- I mean, everything started when they went looking for her. And the next day -- when they found her, they came over my house asking she was there since they knew John. So the next day, that's when I heard that she, you know, took her life.

VAN SUSTEREN: John, when we talk about dating in your age group and with your friends, is dating primarily texting and making phone calls. Is that what dating is like or do you spend more time together?

JOHN BORGEN: It's like when you spend time together, you know. Text and call each other, you know. Do fun stuff, you know.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did you know that your former girlfriend was being bullied? Did you hear anything? Did you hear people saying mean things about her?

JOHN BORGEN: No. Actually, no, I not know anything about it.

VAN SUSTEREN: And your other girlfriend who has been charged with this, you know, what's she like?

JOHN BORGEN: The 14-year-old, she is nice, you know. She is sweet. She is fun to hang out with. But, like I never expected this from her.

VAN SUSTEREN: You know, on one of the Facebook pages of one of the two arrested, there was a reference and it was actually rather crude -- I will just clean it up a little bit -- that she didn't care that Rebekah committed suicide. Does that sound like your friend?

JOHN BORGEN: No. I thought somebody got into her Facebook, you know, just thought it was a joke to put something online. You know, but then when I heard that she was getting charged for it, you know, there was like second thoughts that maybe it was her, you know.

VAN SUSTEREN: And in terms of Rebekah, the child or the teen who jumped from the tower, what was she like?

JOHN BORGEN: She was sweet. She was funny. She was pretty, you know. She was fun to hang out with. We would have like weird conversations, you know.

VAN SUSTEREN: Was there a bad break up? Was there jealousy between your new girlfriend and your old girlfriend?

JOHN BORGEN: No. There was no jealousy. It was not about breakup. She had went to a home school. That's why she told me she was going. And then she didn't attend to Crystal Lake Middle School. And I guess -- and then we had separated.

VAN SUSTEREN: And, is there any reason -- did she go to get home schooled because she was getting in trouble at school? Was that it? Did you hear anything like that?

JOHN BORGEN: That question, I did not know. She just told me that she was going to home school.

VAN SUSTEREN: Yovanni, are parents now paying more attention to bullying and looking at Facebook and Twitter after this horrible problem in your community?

YOVANNI BORGEN: I'm sorry. What was the question again?

VAN SUSTEREN: Are parents now looking at Twitter and looking at Facebook pages of their kids in light of what's happened?

YOVANNI BORGEN: Yes. Yeah. I think they are.

VAN SUSTEREN: John, this is tough and I know that you wanted to put a spotlight on this cyber bullying. And, you know, I hope -- I know you are speaking up now and I know that -- you are speaking up at school?

JOHN BORGEN: Yeah. I'm trying to, you know, make everybody, you know, like, to know, like, if they are bystanders watching getting bullied, they've got to tell somebody, or if they are the victim getting bullied, they have got to tell somebody. That's why I want to speak up. I want -- like, I want to know -- I want them to know that I'm doing it and I'm not getting hurt in any some sort, and they can do it without getting hurt, you know.

VAN SUSTEREN: Good for you, John.

Thank you both for joining us. Yovanni, John, thank you both.

JOHN BORGEN: You are welcome.

YOVANNI BORGEN: You are welcome.