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Victoria Lindsay, girl beat for "myspace" gossip
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BARTOW, Fla. — The video shows 16-year-old Victoria Lindsay curled up on a living room couch, shielding her head from the repeated punches of a teenage girl while other girls scream in the background.

Six girls had gathered in a Lakeland house to confront Lindsay about trash-talking about them online, but they didn't stop with words. Lindsay told investigators that April Cooper, 14, had slammed her head into a bedroom wall, knocking her unconscious. The blows resumed, primarily from 17-year-old Brittni Hardcastle, after Lindsay awoke in the living room.

The incident was recorded on video the teens planned to post on MySpace and YouTube as retaliation, the sheriff's office said.

"Ooh, yeah, baby. Ooh, yeah!" a girl says in the background. The sheriff's office said the voice was that of 16-year-old Cara Murphy, who was holding the video camera.

Both Lindsay's family and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd on Monday called for legislation against such "shock videos" or for social-networking sites to enact standards to prevent posting this type of material.

The sheriff's office charged eight teenagers in the attack, six girls whom investigators say took turns beating Victoria Lindsay and two boys whom they say acted as lookouts. All are charged with felony battery and felony false imprisonment.

Three girls — Hardcastle, Brittany Mayes, 17, and Mercades Nichols, 17 — also are charged with felony kidnapping, the sheriff's office said. Judd said the girls drove Lindsay around and threatened to beat her again if she reported what occurred to law enforcement. Then they dropped her off at an intersection.

One of the teens, Stephen Schumaker, 18, of Lakeland, was booked into the Polk County Jail. He is free on $5,000 bail.

Because of their ages, the others are being held at the juvenile assessment center, the sheriff's office said. Judd said he has asked prosecutors to charge all of them as adults.

All the girls who were arrested attend Mulberry High School, arrest reports say.

'The Truth Will Come Out'

The attack occurred at the home of Nichols' grandmother on Calendar Court West, Judd said. The grandmother had allowed Lindsay to stay with her and Nichols over spring break. She was at work during the beating. She was appalled upon learning what had happened, Judd said.

Schumaker's father, Robert, has denied his son's involvement, saying neighbors told the Schumakers that Stephen and the other boy, Zachary Ashley, 17, were not at the house acting as lookouts.

Ashley's family declined to comment. However, Nichols' mother, Christina Garcia, said Ashley's mother was trying to obtain surveillance video from a convenience store to prove Ashley was at the store at the time of the beating.

Garcia also denied that Nichols beat Lindsay.

Lindsay "embarrassed these girls," Garcia told News Channel 8. "She said she was going to kick their you-know-what's," and called them "slutty."

Reached by phone, families of the other teenagers either declined to comment or said more details would be revealed.

"If it happened, it happened. We'll have to see what takes place," said Hardcastle's grandfather, Charles Platt.

"We know what Brittany said and it's a lot different than what's being told," said Mayes' grandmother, Martha Proctor. "The truth will come out."

Judd: Lindsay Didn't Fight Back

Asked about the teens' claims that they were not involved, sheriff's spokeswoman Donna Wood said the investigation supported the charges.

Judd added that one of the boys stuck his head in from outside and told the girls to quiet down because neighbors could hear the fight.

Investigators reviewed the video frame-by-frame and found no evidence Lindsay tried to fight back, Judd said.

On the video, Lindsay stands up once Hardcastle stops hitting her and says, "You want me to leave, I'll go home."

A girl in a red T-shirt steps forward and punches her.

"No, you're not leaving," Hardcastle says, shoving Lindsay against a corner by the front door near glass shelves holding knickknacks.

"Don't hit the shelves! Don't hit the shelves!" can be heard in the background; the sheriff said the voice was that of Nichols.

Hardcastle and Kayla Hassell, 15, scream at Lindsay, asking what she doesn't like about the other girls.

"It's not fair, Brittni!" Lindsay yells.

"It's perfectly fair! It's one-on-one!" someone replies from off-camera.

"You have to fight back. Fight back!" Hardcastle yells, punching her again. "What, you gonna cry like a little girl?"
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myspace is evil...
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lol... they're just dumb ass! and what's wrong with all these girl-bullies? I thought they only happen in movies! they need to get a life, man!
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fckn owned dude
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cool.. girl gangstas
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They. Are. Fncking. Gay. -_-
Seriously, what kind of idiots really do this shit. -_-,
They're retarded shitheads.
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wow 8 girls on one i wish i was the one getting beat then i would rip off the clothes on all 8 of them and call my 20 dudes over to give them a good fucking
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I seriously hope these girls get tried as adults. It's digusting what they did that girl, hope they face serious jail time.
I really hope they're happy they wanted to be famous and they got exactly what they wanted.
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Wait what, does this make the other thread a duplicate?
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typical american girls eh
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AHTL wrote:

Wait what, does this make the other thread a duplicate?


No the other one was created 21 hours ago this was created 10 hours ago.
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^ ah, okay *reports*

Besides, people shouldn't quote directly the news they find, it just draws people off
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This kinda shit happens all the time. Myspace is the root of all evil and Tom is Satan...




Heh, myspace is alright, I dont use it much, but it's stupid kids like this who dont know how to use the site properly that give it a bad name.
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I need a deathnote.
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