Well, talk about your dumb criminals – today, Florida police officials released a tape of 6 girls beating a 16-year-old cheerleader from Mulberry High School, Victoria Lindsay. The attack was carried out so that the video could be put up on the internet. On March 30th, the girl was lured into a house in Lakeland, where two of the girls began yelling at the victim, while a third girl began to assault her, bashing her head into the wall. The girl then went unconscious. When she woke back up, 3 other girls joined in the attack and began to videotape it, laughing and cheering each other on. During the whole event, 2 teenage boys kept watch outside of the house (1 of the boys was an 18-year-old, and the only adult present). The 3 people from the group then forced ther girl into a car and drove her to another location.
The girl had a concussion, injuries to her left eye left ear, and several bruises.
I was able to find information about the teenagers:
In order from top left (bold indicates the kidnappers):
April Cooper, 14, of Lakeland
Britney Mayes, 17, of Lakeland
Cara Murphy, 16, of Lakeland
Brittini Hardcastle, 17, of Lakeland
Kayla Hassell, 15, of Mulberry
Mercades Nichols, 16, of Lakeland
Zachary Ashley, 17, of Lakeland
Stephen Schumaker, 18, of Lakeland
Here’s a clip of the attack (warning, violent content):
And here’s a link to the full video of the attack: http://sports.rightpundits.com/?p=606
Here’s a video of Victoria’s parents’ (Talisa and Patrick) response
So, police found the vido and have charged all 8 teenagers with felony battery, false imprisonment, and kidnapping. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said that both the video and the attack were “shocking — I’ve never seen anything like it… this is outrageous behavior … It’s absolutely an animalistic attack. They lured her into the home for express purpose of filming the attack and posting it on the internet.” The fact that they did this just for the video means that I want more than ever for them to get the maximum punishment – they should be put away for life plus 10 years (life for the kidnapping, 5 for the false imprisonment, and 5 for the felony battery). For those who didn’t participate in the kidnapping, I’d charge them with conspiracy to kidnap, a first degree misdemeanor which gives them up to 1 year in prison, so a total of 11 years. There’s no reason that they shouldn’t go to jail for the rest of their lives – what they did was dispicable, and they need to pay.
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