Free Lance-Star reporter Robyn Sidersky covers Caroline County government and schools. You can reach her at 540/374-5413 or You can follow coverage on Facebook or Twitter as well.

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Lippa responds to comments about student’s death

Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa posted an update on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page Tuesday night in response to the death of a 14-year-old girl in Caroline.

Lippa’s original statement said, in part, “There is no evidence that leads to foul play or bullying as the cause of this young lady’s death.”

His statement was released to the media and posted on the Facebook page. It generated a strong emotional response, including nearly 80 comments.

After 9 p.m. the following was posted:

A message from Sheriff Lippa:

First, I would like to thank everyone for their comments. The death of a child should always stir strong emotions within all of us. As both a parent and a grandparent, I share your concerns about bullying. Please understand that the circumstances surrounding Ciera Moore’s death are still under investigation. However, with regards to the claims of bullying, what we need is actual knowledge, times, persons involved etc.. We cannot build a case on hearsay. Therefore, if you have information of bullying of Ciera Moore or any other student, please call the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 804-633-1133.