Mob Attack on Teen

OPINION

I hadn’t planned to report on the beating of an area teen by her classmates. Then I read today’s article in the Ledger

Teenage bullying is nothing new, but with the Internet, more and more teens are experiencing and exhibiting bad online behavior, said Justin Patchin, professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. — Ledger

That makes sense this is happening “more and more” since before the Internet teens couldn’t have experienced and exhibited any bad online behavior.

Myspace, Youtube, and other online sites aside, this is simply criminal behavior by a band of girls who felt entitled, and safe, to gang up on another girl.

It’s not the first time I’ve had that happen in my neighborhood. In 1992, 12 year-old Shanda Sharer was murdered by classmates:

Rippey and three other teenagers abducted Sharer after luring her from her home following a punk rock concert in Louisville. According to court testimony, Melinda Loveless, then 16, was jealous of Sharer and wanted her killed because she was involved in a lesbian love triangle with Loveless and another girl. Advocate.com

I grew up in a rough part of town, but even then fights were one-on-one. Often the fights had more to do with past history than present problems. I suspect we’ll find out that was true in this case.

What really bothered me in the Ledger article was another quote from the professor of Criminal Justice:

“They were seeking revenge,” Patchin said. “Trying to show what the victim was really like – that she was weak and couldn’t speak up for herself. They were putting her in her place.” — Ledger

I would answer Patchin that the victim spoke volumes when she refused to fight back. Putting someone in their place is a quick retort, a biting remark, and today, a sarcastic blog post. It is not the systematic beating of one defenseless person by a barbarous group. What those women did was felony battery. There is no wiggle room here. They taped the evidence themselves. There are no extenuating circumstances. They laid in wait with premeditated malice in their minds. This was not revenge. The victim used a computer. The brutal group used fists.

As a parent, I hope others in this community are as appalled as I am by this crime. I hope the Polk County schools are using this crime to find a way to reach teens. Those featured in the video using their fists did so because they lacked the strength to use words They lacked the education to know their behavior was amoral. They weren’t the product of the Myspace generation. They were the result of the parents of my generation.

38 thoughts on “Mob Attack on Teen

  1. Couldn’t agree with more! These girls deserve what ever punishment they receive. Hopefully their parents won’t rush to defend them by saying there was some sort of “reason” they attacked this girl. Doing that would only send the message that this kind of behavior is somehow acceptable in certain situations.

  2. Couldn’t agree with more! These girls deserve what ever punishment they receive. Hopefully their parents won’t rush to defend them by saying there was some sort of “reason” they attacked this girl. Doing that would only send the message that this kind of behavior is somehow acceptable in certain situations.

  3. I disagree with what appears to your unstated underlying premise, i.e., violence is always wrong. When you are physically attacked, the “quick retort”, “the biting remark” and the “sarcastic blog” are useless. While no one can condone a planned and apparently senseless attack, don’t condemn those who choose to defend themselves. Violence should always be the last option but it should always be an option. I would suggest one of the problems with the world today is that enough desperately deserved “ass kickings” are not dealt to attackers by victims. Had this victim defended herself with a weapon, she would probably have been charged too. That is simply a shame.

  4. I disagree with what appears to your unstated underlying premise, i.e., violence is always wrong. When you are physically attacked, the “quick retort”, “the biting remark” and the “sarcastic blog” are useless. While no one can condone a planned and apparently senseless attack, don’t condemn those who choose to defend themselves. Violence should always be the last option but it should always be an option. I would suggest one of the problems with the world today is that enough desperately deserved “ass kickings” are not dealt to attackers by victims. Had this victim defended herself with a weapon, she would probably have been charged too. That is simply a shame.

  5. “They weren’t the product of the Myspace generation. They were the result of the parents of my generation.”

    That is probably the best thing I’ve heard anyone say about this or any of the other fights/abuse intended for YouTube or Myspace. Thank you for saying it!

  6. “They weren’t the product of the Myspace generation. They were the result of the parents of my generation.”

    That is probably the best thing I’ve heard anyone say about this or any of the other fights/abuse intended for YouTube or Myspace. Thank you for saying it!

  7. Greetings,

    Is it possible to drop the area district attorney a letter, e-mail, something? This behavior cannot be passed under the rug with a slap on the wrist. Real crime has real consequences. Descent Americans are tired of this lawless, evil attitude.

    Ray Marsh

  8. Greetings,

    Is it possible to drop the area district attorney a letter, e-mail, something? This behavior cannot be passed under the rug with a slap on the wrist. Real crime has real consequences. Descent Americans are tired of this lawless, evil attitude.

    Ray Marsh

  9. this is appalling, those girls did a horrible thing, and i believe that all the members involved (even the boys guarding the door) need to be trialed as adults. i hope that this teen recovers from the damages they did to her and i hope that the judge gives them all what they deserve.

  10. this is appalling, those girls did a horrible thing, and i believe that all the members involved (even the boys guarding the door) need to be trialed as adults. i hope that this teen recovers from the damages they did to her and i hope that the judge gives them all what they deserve.

  11. Good evening, I agree with everything that has been said. I would like to say there is NO REASON that would excuse what those girl did. Girl gangs? White trash? They watch too much TV. Twenty years from now they will be bragging about how tough they were . . sad! I would break up that little ‘click’ and send them somewhere to do some hard time picking cotton, cleaning fish .. whatever you do down there in Florida. Anyone here who sees that video and what they did are sick to their stomachs. I wouldn’t give them a Visa to the neighboring town. I think they are scum, cowards and the worst kind of trash!
    Dolores
    Spokane, WA

  12. Good evening, I agree with everything that has been said. I would like to say there is NO REASON that would excuse what those girl did. Girl gangs? White trash? They watch too much TV. Twenty years from now they will be bragging about how tough they were . . sad! I would break up that little ‘click’ and send them somewhere to do some hard time picking cotton, cleaning fish .. whatever you do down there in Florida. Anyone here who sees that video and what they did are sick to their stomachs. I wouldn’t give them a Visa to the neighboring town. I think they are scum, cowards and the worst kind of trash!
    Dolores
    Spokane, WA

  13. I just watched the video and am completely appalled. I don’t even know how to comment on this as I am so upset. What were these kids thinking? I certainly hope that the internet is not going to be blamed here. These kids knew what they were doing, they planned this and they need to be tried as adults, period. I pray for a full recovery for the victim and that she and her family get the justice they deserve.

  14. I just watched the video and am completely appalled. I don’t even know how to comment on this as I am so upset. What were these kids thinking? I certainly hope that the internet is not going to be blamed here. These kids knew what they were doing, they planned this and they need to be tried as adults, period. I pray for a full recovery for the victim and that she and her family get the justice they deserve.

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  16. First of all, how dare the mom of one of the accused outright defend her daughter as if she did something good. Thats right mom, you stick up for your criminal intent daughter. You should get a beating like the rest of them for 1) letting it resort to violence 2) letting them videotape it and 3) WHERE THE HELL ARE YOUR MORALS!!! If this is how florida parents raise their kids, then to hell with visiting florida. People get theirs in the end, it will all come back on them for doing bad deeds. I hope a lifetime of misery, pain, and humiliation comes to those ingrates that resorted to violence instead of dealing with it with civility.

  17. First of all, how dare the mom of one of the accused outright defend her daughter as if she did something good. Thats right mom, you stick up for your criminal intent daughter. You should get a beating like the rest of them for 1) letting it resort to violence 2) letting them videotape it and 3) WHERE THE HELL ARE YOUR MORALS!!! If this is how florida parents raise their kids, then to hell with visiting florida. People get theirs in the end, it will all come back on them for doing bad deeds. I hope a lifetime of misery, pain, and humiliation comes to those ingrates that resorted to violence instead of dealing with it with civility.

  18. i cannot believe that these teens did such a horrible thing. they give us all a bad reputation.They all desirve to be tried as adults and i hope they get the maximum punishment for this. this is disgusting and horrid. i hope she recovers just fine. :D

    Michigan.

  19. i cannot believe that these teens did such a horrible thing. they give us all a bad reputation.They all desirve to be tried as adults and i hope they get the maximum punishment for this. this is disgusting and horrid. i hope she recovers just fine. :D

    Michigan.

  20. Since we aren’t allowed to punish these girls with a severe “mob” style beating of their own, I hope they do YEARS of hard time.

    I bet they’ll be real tough in prison… NOT! I hope every single one of them get’s what’s coming to them. Karma is a bitch ladies.. You’ll see.

  21. Since we aren’t allowed to punish these girls with a severe “mob” style beating of their own, I hope they do YEARS of hard time.

    I bet they’ll be real tough in prison… NOT! I hope every single one of them get’s what’s coming to them. Karma is a bitch ladies.. You’ll see.

  22. What the heck….lets just hope the parents of these girls owned there homes. Id like to see them lose everything via a lawsuit. Afterall they are responcible for there childresn actions.

    I heard the one mother defending her daughter, what the heck ? What kind of monster child is she raising ? Then they laughed when arrested. I hope all 8 spend a fair amount of time in prison, this trash doesnt need to be out on the streets period.

  23. What the heck….lets just hope the parents of these girls owned there homes. Id like to see them lose everything via a lawsuit. Afterall they are responcible for there childresn actions.

    I heard the one mother defending her daughter, what the heck ? What kind of monster child is she raising ? Then they laughed when arrested. I hope all 8 spend a fair amount of time in prison, this trash doesnt need to be out on the streets period.

  24. These girls need to get hefty jail time. See if they laugh then. Also, I would like to see a civil suit against the parents whose house this took place at.

  25. These girls need to get hefty jail time. See if they laugh then. Also, I would like to see a civil suit against the parents whose house this took place at.

  26. This is an outrage,so glad they aren’t laughing now!There are kids out there that need to be sent a strong message that this won’t be tolorated anymore,and that if you do there’s a price to play.I had to change schools by given custody of my daughter to my sister for having simular problems at school,they punished my daughter for protecting herself and kept her from student goverment which she’d done since grade school.Bully’s like this are roaming every hall of every school in america,and I hope they will now understand that they too can get in to alot of trouble and not just miss a few days of school.I too would like to see them do some time along with being bared from cheering at any school,college, private all star teams along with any other sports.Who do they think they are?Waste!

  27. This is an outrage,so glad they aren’t laughing now!There are kids out there that need to be sent a strong message that this won’t be tolorated anymore,and that if you do there’s a price to play.I had to change schools by given custody of my daughter to my sister for having simular problems at school,they punished my daughter for protecting herself and kept her from student goverment which she’d done since grade school.Bully’s like this are roaming every hall of every school in america,and I hope they will now understand that they too can get in to alot of trouble and not just miss a few days of school.I too would like to see them do some time along with being bared from cheering at any school,college, private all star teams along with any other sports.Who do they think they are?Waste!

  28. After listening to the parents of the “accused” speak of the violent crime, the behavior of the girls in Florida was predictable. I understand that you have to support your children no matter what age. However when your child is caught on video engaging in cruel animalistic behavior, retorts to reporters such as “the sherif has made a mountain out of a mole hill” or My daughter is a good hearted little girl”, demonstrate the character of that family. Have some perspective and empathy for the victim!! The grandmother actually refered to the victim as “what they call the victim” THIS IS AFTER SHE SAW THE VIDEO!!! What bothers me is the lack of empathy and remorse both parents and attackers showed after the attack. I believe these individuals are what psychologist call sociopaths. In this case our justice system has a greater obligation to protect society than rehabilitate the criminal.

  29. After listening to the parents of the “accused” speak of the violent crime, the behavior of the girls in Florida was predictable. I understand that you have to support your children no matter what age. However when your child is caught on video engaging in cruel animalistic behavior, retorts to reporters such as “the sherif has made a mountain out of a mole hill” or My daughter is a good hearted little girl”, demonstrate the character of that family. Have some perspective and empathy for the victim!! The grandmother actually refered to the victim as “what they call the victim” THIS IS AFTER SHE SAW THE VIDEO!!! What bothers me is the lack of empathy and remorse both parents and attackers showed after the attack. I believe these individuals are what psychologist call sociopaths. In this case our justice system has a greater obligation to protect society than rehabilitate the criminal.

  30. Here it is plain and simple:
    After hearing these criminals are going to be charged with Battery, Unlawful detention (or whatever) and “maybe” Kidnapping I was disgusted with the leniency our criminal system is so guilty of all over the US
    Kidnapping is a good start but there should be more, much more. They should add Assault with Intent to Kill to the list. Why? Because if it had gone on longer they probably would have killed the girl they beat so unmercifully. If they believe that is too strong then, maybe, lower it to Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm. Also it should be Assault & Battery.. not just Battery.
    These criminals need to spend “major” hard prison time and they need to be put away for a ‘very long time’. No less than 10 years before they are allowed to appear before a parole board.
    A message needs to be sent in the strongest possible terms. And it needs to say “No matter how lenient your idiot parents are, no matter how cool you think it is on You Tube, no matter what lack of morals you have, there will be a heavy price to pay when you harm a human being.
    These criminals are less than human and need to be taken out of society. They do not belong around children in school.. they belong in cages.
    Have fun in prison folks.. you are not going to be so tough there and you know what? What is going to be done to you is ‘not’ going to make it on You Tube either… roflmao

  31. Here it is plain and simple:
    After hearing these criminals are going to be charged with Battery, Unlawful detention (or whatever) and “maybe” Kidnapping I was disgusted with the leniency our criminal system is so guilty of all over the US
    Kidnapping is a good start but there should be more, much more. They should add Assault with Intent to Kill to the list. Why? Because if it had gone on longer they probably would have killed the girl they beat so unmercifully. If they believe that is too strong then, maybe, lower it to Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm. Also it should be Assault & Battery.. not just Battery.
    These criminals need to spend “major” hard prison time and they need to be put away for a ‘very long time’. No less than 10 years before they are allowed to appear before a parole board.
    A message needs to be sent in the strongest possible terms. And it needs to say “No matter how lenient your idiot parents are, no matter how cool you think it is on You Tube, no matter what lack of morals you have, there will be a heavy price to pay when you harm a human being.
    These criminals are less than human and need to be taken out of society. They do not belong around children in school.. they belong in cages.
    Have fun in prison folks.. you are not going to be so tough there and you know what? What is going to be done to you is ‘not’ going to make it on You Tube either… roflmao

  32. Hey, I saw on tv, that the victim has a celeb attorney working for her….. those girls are done for!!

    lets hope the judge makes an example out of them. damn dr phil for bailing mercedes out! he has lost a viewer over here in california. he will do anything for a story

  33. Hey, I saw on tv, that the victim has a celeb attorney working for her….. those girls are done for!!

    lets hope the judge makes an example out of them. damn dr phil for bailing mercedes out! he has lost a viewer over here in california. he will do anything for a story

  34. These women that were beating the girl definitely had intend to inflict permanent injury to the girl’s head. They were not aiming at any part of her body only her face and head.
    The charges are much to shallow for these women. These womens’ parents seem to have a terrible inner nature as well.

  35. These women that were beating the girl definitely had intend to inflict permanent injury to the girl’s head. They were not aiming at any part of her body only her face and head.
    The charges are much to shallow for these women. These womens’ parents seem to have a terrible inner nature as well.

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