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There are 624 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Apr 9, 2008, titled Beaten girl's mom says video was hard to watch -- Juvenile Deli.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

The 16-year-old's face was covered with heavy makeup Tuesday in an effort to hide the bruises she suffered during a videotaped beating deputies said she suffered at the hands of girls she considered her ...

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Hideous

Sunbury, OH

#604 Apr 12, 2008
The vid made me feel so angry at those stinkin' brats......wish I could give them each a severe beat-down. But, I wonder how different things are going to be in the girls home, as it is apparent she ran away quite often. She better stay closer to home, and her parents had better shorten her leash.
MsP

Orlando, FL

#605 Apr 12, 2008
Life sentence? Execution? A bit harsh, but they certainly deserve to be punished and made an example of; when the girl did not fight back, and they would not let her leave - that insured they should get more time in my book, and the fact they planned it in advance. How disgusting. But to suggest death penalty or life in prison, give me a break - murderers and child molesters don't even get that in this state. Don't blame at me, I'm not a jury or judge. I have in mind a punishment that would include rehabilitation - but there isn't money for that. These girls are going to spit our babies and need rehabilitation quick; I wish there was someway to require people had to have a qualification to even have kids.
fed up

AOL

#606 Apr 12, 2008
cheerleaders..future pole dancers..and hookers..they will need to know how to fight off the drunkin tricks they will have to turn to make a buck..
mi piace

Burbank, CA

#607 Apr 13, 2008
Bravo! I believe these young ladies have gotten exactly what they wanted...their 15 minutes of fame have come and gone. Good luck with the rest of your lives you white-trash-pieces-of-crap. One can only hope that where you're all going will incite the same level of compassion that you exacted on this poor victim. Rot in hell all of you!
Tired of Stupid People

Waterloo, IA

#608 Apr 13, 2008
To all the parents and supporters of these freaks in the video. A "fight" is when two people are hitting each other...when you hit someone who is not hitting you back it is called assault!!! And a "fight" is over when one person gives up and walks away...when you don't let them walk away, that's false imprisonment. AND just because a group of people take turns hitting one person (who by the way was NOT hitting back!)does not mean it is a "one-on-one fight", it means that not only are they complete cowards, but that they are lazy too! AND just because you stand there with your thumb up your butt and let something like this happen does not make you "innocent"...it makes you an accomplice, not to mention a sad example of a human being. STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR YOUR PATHETIC PARENTING AND TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY ALREADY!!!
jessica

United States

#609 Apr 14, 2008
This video is absolutely outrageous!!! I can't believe that 8 teenagers agreed to this horrible incident. These teens should be prosecuted to the fullest extent!! This is insanitty!
jessica

United States

#610 Apr 14, 2008
Tired of Stupid People wrote:
To all the parents and supporters of these freaks in the video. A "fight" is when two people are hitting each other...when you hit someone who is not hitting you back it is called assault!!! And a "fight" is over when one person gives up and walks away...when you don't let them walk away, that's false imprisonment. AND just because a group of people take turns hitting one person (who by the way was NOT hitting back!)does not mean it is a "one-on-one fight", it means that not only are they complete cowards, but that they are lazy too! AND just because you stand there with your thumb up your butt and let something like this happen does not make you "innocent"...it makes you an accomplice, not to mention a sad example of a human being. STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR YOUR PATHETIC PARENTING AND TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY ALREADY!!!
I totally agree with you!!
Crazy Redhead

Dallas, TX

#611 Apr 14, 2008
I think the parents should be held legally accountable for this as well as the 6 kids.
chola

Fond Du Lac, WI

#612 Apr 14, 2008
well I think it was very bad for those girls to be beating that girls fro no reason just to be popular. What were their that bad of a losers to be eble to do what they did. Thats good that they are chraging them as aults becasue that way it would show them that they werent that bad as, as they thought they were. So next time they would do it they know what they are going for. What the parents didnt say anything about what their children did that just makes them look bad that they have those bad bad kids and that aint no "children" to me.
Saddened

Mount Vernon, NY

#613 Apr 14, 2008
What disgustingly oppresive, violent behavior. Nothing can justify it.
All eight should serve time.
Just another case of failed parenting, overall.
Gods child

Carrollton, TX

#614 Apr 14, 2008
I am pissed, I can't believe that young girls would do this to another young girl, and not one had the heart to try to stop this, they should serve real jail time, not a year or two in juvenile,but in jail with real criminal like themselves. Can you imagine if that girl would have lost her life over teenage stupidity. I honeslty believe what goes around comes around, even if don't don't serve jail time, they'll get there's, what ever you do here on earth you pay for it here on earth, to the family of that young lady that was beaten, you have my deepest sympothy and apologize for those young girls even if there mothers can't find it in there heart to apologize for the actions of their daughters.
lmao

Carrollton, TX

#615 Apr 14, 2008
These girls are pathetic, they picked a defenseless girl to beat on, why not pick on someone who would actually fight back, cowards and on top of that they can't even fight, cowards if you're reading this, do you really think, that you would stand a chance agains someone who would fight back, with those lame ass blows, especially the ring leader, you suck,you fat,out of shape, bad body, extra tummy, nasty looking trailor park trash gutter rat,I feel sorry for that young lady,but I am lmao at all of you lames, cowards,dummies, yall are going to sit in jail,because you were all to dumb to think before acting, next time yall are bored and don't have anything better to do with your time, take a nap and dream of a real life and to the parents of those losers, have a heart and apologize for what your dumb ass kids did, and by the way my daughter, never mind, you lint lickers aren't worth it
real chic

Carrollton, TX

#616 Apr 14, 2008
what's wrong with you two timing son of biscuit eater, you were supposed to be her friends, what the hell, were you guys smoking crack the day you thougt about doing this,awwwww did she take ur little boyfriend,with his little penis, or she just cuter than you, the boys who stood out to watch are gay butt blowers,
no yall didnt

Carrollton, TX

#617 Apr 14, 2008
Don't give them life, just give them real time in the pen with real prisoners that will kick there little dumb asses the way the did that girl, pleeeeeeeeeeeeease, I am begging put them a way, not for a long time, everyone deserves a second chance, but for now, give them atleast a year of pure hell in the pen and make their parents pay all that girls hospital bills, oh you whimpy sack of cow crap
Question

Fort Pierce, FL

#618 Apr 14, 2008
info wrote:
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That's like blaming a domestic violence victim for their partner abusing them or a woman for getting raped on a date. It doesn't make sense. She was supposed to predict her friends would turn on her like that?
I still think her parents deserve some of the blame, though. They let their 16-year-old move out of their house.
You are right it is exactly like blaming a domestic violence on the person getting beat. There are warning flags and you are only at fault if you stay for more so learn and move on. There is a lesson here and if you don't get it I hope at least her parents do so they can help her.
William Miller

Charlotte, NC

#619 Apr 14, 2008
That's just kinda like what's on the internet, LAKELAND - The 16-year-old cheerleader's face was covered with heavy makeup Tuesday in an effort to hide the bruises she suffered during a videotaped beating deputies said she suffered at the hands of girls she considered her friends.

Victoria "Tori" Lindsay, a student at Mulberry High School, said she learned a lesson from the betrayal, which led to the arrest last week of six girls, one boy and a young man on charges of felony battery and false imprisonment.

"The No. 1 friend is your family," she said in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel at her home in a quiet southwest Lakeland neighborhood.

Tori's mother, Talisa Lindsay, said it was painful to watch the video, which aPolk County sheriff's detective brought to their home days after the March 30 attack so Tori could identify the girls involved. Investigators say they planned to post the video on YouTube and MySpace.
"I was flabbergasted," Lindsay said. "I felt completely helpless."

Tori has bruises, a concussion and damage to her left ear and eye, although her family said she is expected to recover. The family would like a public apology from the girls, and they also want a law to protect kids on video and social-networking Web sites. Tori plans to continue her schooling at home rather than return to Mulberry High.

Meanwhile, the grandmother of one of the girls who was arrested says her family is suffering, too.

The beating is alleged to have happened at Mary Nichols' house while she was at work. Since the Sheriff's Office released the video this week, Nichols said, she has been receiving threatening, obscenity-laced telephone calls, and someone scratched her car.

The tape shows Tori being beaten and taunted as other teenagers shout in the background. Nichols' granddaughter, Mercades Nichols, 17, remains in the Polk Regional Juvenile Detention Center along with six other minors arrested in the case. Nichols described Mercades as "really a loving, caring kid."

"This is definitely traumatic to everyone, not just to Tori's family," Nichols said Tuesday.

Tori was staying at Nichols' Lakeland home because she was having problems with her family, the Sheriff's Office and Nichols said.

Earlier Tuesday, Christina Garcia, Mercades' mother, told Today show host Matt Lauer on NBC that she was ashamed of her daughter's actions.

"My daughter should have picked up the phone and called the police. Yes, she did warn this girl not to go in the house, but I do believe my daughter should have called the police," Garcia told Lauer.

Garcia has said that thePolk County Sheriff's Office has overblown the beating.

"First of all, the tape that was released is only three minutes long. That was the worst of it," Garcia said, contradicting the Sheriff's Office report of the incident that indicated the beating was severe and lasted for 30 minutes.

Reached late Tuesday, Garcia declined to comment further.

The trouble began when Tori went into a bedroom and April Cooper, 14, began to insult and threaten her, then hit her in the face several times and slammed her head into a wall, knocking her unconscious, a sheriff's report states. When Tori awoke, she was on the living-room couch surrounded by six girls who took turns hitting and kicking her while the beating was videotaped, records show.

Polk County officials identified the teens involved as Nichols, Cooper, Brittni Hardcastle, 17, Kayla Hassell, 15, Brittany Mayes, 17, Cara Murphy, 16, Zachary Ashley, 17, and Stephen Schumaker, 18. All are from Lakeland except Hassell, who is from Mulberry. Schumaker was released on bail from the Polk County Jail. He and Ashley served as lookouts, the Sheriff's Office said.

Mayes, Hardcastle and Nichols also were arrested on charges of felony kidnapping.

Investigators say they forced Tori into a car, drove her to another location and threatened to beat her further if she notified law-enforcement authorities.

dwr

Since: Dec 06

Lake Charles, LA

#623 Apr 14, 2008
Lisa wrote:
Hello? Where are all these parents? Why are these kids being treated as adults and their parents are not held accountable at all? These kids should be tried as the juveniles that they are, and we should do our best to rehabilitate them and unteach all the "wrongs" their parents taught them. These children are the products of bad parenting - as not one parent came out and apologized for what their children did. I think these 8 children are victims as well.
Good Questions.
st cloudian

Summerfield, FL

#624 Apr 14, 2008
Did you see the girls'(who is the one living with her grandmother where the beating took place) mother on the news?

She gave a "tour" of the grandmothers house where the beating took place.

What a perfect example of white trailer trash she is, looks and talks like she needs meth/alcohol rehab.

Trash births out trash

dwr

Since: Dec 06

Lake Charles, LA

#626 Apr 15, 2008
st cloudian wrote:
Did you see the girls'(who is the one living with her grandmother where the beating took place) mother on the news?
She gave a "tour" of the grandmothers house where the beating took place.
What a perfect example of white trailer trash she is, looks and talks like she needs meth/alcohol rehab.
Trash births out trash
I hate this phrase, Most of the people,I know, that grew up in trailers are not trash, including myself. You can find "trash" anywhere, Not just in trailers.
Chuck

Howell, MI

#627 Apr 15, 2008
dwr wrote:
<quoted text>
I hate this phrase, Most of the people,I know, that grew up in trailers are not trash, including myself. You can find "trash" anywhere, Not just in trailers.
You are absolutely correct. You can find them in any suburban neighborhood too even in expensive houses.Sub-human trash knows no boundaries.

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