Stephanie Johnson, KOLD News Producer
Eight Florida teenagers are facing battery and false imprisonment charges after filming the beating of another teen and posting the video on the internet.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the 16-year-old victim was attacked on March 30th by six teenage girls when she arrived at a friend's home. The video showed the teenage girls screaming and beating the victim repeatedly.
According to an arrest report, two girls confronted the victim when she walked in, yelling and threatening her. The report then described how another girl struck her in the head several times and then slammed her head into the bedroom wall, knocking her unconscious.
The victim said she was on the couch when she woke up, surrounded by the six girls. She then said the teens blocked the door, held her down and began beating her. According to police two teenage boys waited outside the home as lookouts. The victim was taken to the hospital by ambulance and treated for concussion, damage to her left eye, left ear, and numerous bruises.
The victims father said the teens' motivation for the attack was to produce a video that would become popular on YouTube. But the mother of one of the girls involved in the beating said the victim provoked the other teens by threatening and insulting them on MySpace.