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article image7 teens charged with beating girl on school bus

By Owen Weldon     Jan 8, 2012 in Crime
Ocala - A group of central Florida teenagers were arrested after authorities say they beat a 13-year-old girl so bad that she became unconscious.
Authorities say that the group of seven teenagers punched and kicked the girl so bad that she went unconscious. The incident took place on a school bus.
According to the Washington Post, the victim said that Friday was the first time that she took the bus and nobody would allow her to sit down. The bus had around 75 students on it, and it was heading to a middle school in Ocala. The arrest report says that the victim said that a shoe was thrown at her and she threw a shoe back.
Allegedly, a girl then asked other students if they wanted to hit the victim, and then told them to get into a circle. That is when the victim started to get hit and kicked. Witnesses said that the girl hit the floor and then looked like she had a seizure and then passed out, according the arrest report.
According to the Miami Herald, the bus driver claims he stopped the fight. However, the fight eventually continued, but he called officials as he continued to drive to the school.
The victim suffered severe bruising on top of the concussion. She was eventually taken to the hospital.
According to the Gainesville Sun, The individuals were arrested. The five girls and two boys appeared before a judge on Saturday afternoon. The youths range from ages 12-15.
Assistant State Attorney John Zaleskie asked Judge Frances King to detain the youths because what they did was extremely violent. However, King decided to release the seven and place them on home detention.
The victim was eventually released from the hospital and is still recuperating at her home. The juveniles are charged with disorderly conduct and felony battery, but for now they are on home detention until their arraignment. No date has been set yet.
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