This broke on our local news the other night and I was just stunned. These six girls beat this teenager for some perceived insult on MySpace, then videotaped the entire beating intending to put it on YouTube to further humiliate this young girl. This was a premeditated beating. They brought the videocameras for the express purpose of taping the beating and posting it on YouTube.
The local news interviewed a couple of the parents last night who were accusing the Sheriff of "trying to make a name for himself" by arresting these girls, and saying basically it was "no big deal."
When arrested, the girls had no remorse. They were laughing and joking.
The teenager who was beaten is recovering at home.
Eight Florida teenagers -- six of them girls -- will be tried as adults and could be sentenced to life in prison for their alleged roles in the videotaped beating of another teen, the state attorney's office said Thursday.
The teenagers seen in a video assaulting a 16-year-old could face life in prison.
The suspects, who range in age from 14 to 18, all face charges of kidnapping, which is a first-degree felony, and battery, said Chip Thullbery, a spokesman for the Polk County state attorney. Three of them are also charged with tampering with a witness.
The video shows a brutal scene: The 16-year-old victim is punched, kneed and slapped by other girls. She huddles in the fetal position, or stands and screams at her attackers, but the assault continues. Authorities say the eight teens said they were retaliating for insults posted on the Internet by the attack victim.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd called the March 30 attack "animalistic."
"I've been involved in law enforcement for 35 years, and I've seen a lot of extremely violent events, but I've never seen children, 14 to 18 years of age, engage in this conduct for a 30-minute period of time and then make these video clips," he said. Police say the teens planned to post the video on YouTube.