Juvenile Arrested in Bullying of Plano ISD Student

Mother of victim says suspect is friend of her daughter's

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    Police have arrested a minor after investigating harassment of a Plano school district student. The suspect is charged with harassment, a Class B misdemeanor. (Published Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013)

    Police have arrested a juvenile after investigating harassment of a Plano school district student.

    The suspect is charged with harassment, a Class B misdemeanor. The juvenile, whose name is not being released because the suspect is a minor, was taken to the John R. Roach Juvenile Detention Center in McKinney on Tuesday afternoon.

    Keri Riddell told NBC 5 that the victim is her 17-year-old daughter, Shea Shawhan.

    Riddell said her daughter, a junior at Plano West High School with special needs, has been bombarded with text messages from fake numbers for the last eight months. The messages were often threatening and vicious and led to emotional and physical pain, she said.

    "We've been broken for a long time -- physically, too," Riddell said. "These text messages caused her to have these seizures that turns our household upside down."

    Shawhan plays softball and is a member of the cheer squad.

    "She's awesome, super sweet," Riddell said. "She'd give you the shirt off her back. She'd give you the skin off her back if you asked her for it."

    She said the suspect is a female student who was close to her daughter.

    "When the detective told me who it was, I literally threw up because I just replayed those messages in my head, and I saw myself asking this person to stop, begging them to stop," Riddell said.

    Months ago, Riddell started the Facebook page I'm with Shea, which now has more than 80,000 likes. She also started making T-shirts with the same slogan and hopes to use the funds from a newly created nonprofit to help fight bullying.

    The Plano school district superintendent said in a statement that the case

    "This investigation has brought a great deal of attention to assist with stamping out bullying behaviors," Plano school district Superintendent Richard Matkin said in a statement. "Anti-bullying messages remain important, and this incident has been a challenge to manage without compromising child privacy law requirements and also attempting to maintain educational focus. We expect all students to exemplify respect, good citizenship and to reflect compassion for all."