What the Orlando Sentinel calls a “shocking” video shows a teenage girl being repeatedly beaten and taunted as other teenagers shout in the background. “Make this 17 seconds good,” one yells toward the video’s end. Eight teens were arrested and accused of participating in the videotaped beating engaged in “animalistic behavior,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said yesterday “It’s pack mentality. They lured her there to beat her.”
Investigators said six girls pummeled the 16-year-old victim until she was bruised and had a concussion. According to the victim, the girls bragged that they planned to post the beating on YouTube and MySpace. After the beating, three of the girls drove the victim to another friend’s house, where they told her, “If you go to the police, the next beating will be worse,” says a police report. Six girls, a boy, and a young man were arrested on charges of felony battery and false imprisonment.