Girl Who Video Taped Beating of FL Cheerleader to Get Probation (What if it were your child, the one beaten or the one giving the beating?)
Florida Teen Accused of Videotaped Beating of Cheerleader Gets 3 Years Probation
Friday, March 06, 2009
BARTOW, Florida — One of five teenage suspects in the videotaped beating of a central Florida classmate has been sentenced to three years probation.
Mercades Nichols was sentenced Friday. She pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in January.
Nichols also was ordered to do 100 hours of community service, write a letter of apology to the victim and pay restitution.
In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors dropped charges of felony kidnapping and witness tampering.
Four other teen girls were also arrested last April in connection with the attack that was recorded on video and broadcast around the world.
Is this appropriate justice? Why are girls becoming excessively violent? Do we defer to "girls will be girls" and give them a pass?