Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Victoria Lindsay speaks out about her beating by six girls.

*Update* All the teens will be charged as adults, hearing on Friday at 1 p.m.

**Update#2** Details released from the case.
Crime: Try all those involved as adults and throw the book at them. No probation, no house arrests or weak sentences like that in this case. They planned it, joked about it afterward in a jail cell. They need to be taught a harsh lesson.

The 16-year-old's face was covered with heavy makeup Tuesday in an effort to hide the bruises she suffered during a videotaped beating deputies said she suffered at the hands of girls she considered her friends.

Victoria "Tori" Lindsay, a senior at Mulberry High School, said she learned a lesson from the betrayal, which led to the arrest this week of six girls, one boy and a young man on charges of felony battery and false imprisonment.

"The No. 1 friend is your family," she said in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel at her home in a quiet southwest Lakeland neighborhood.

Tori's mother, Talisa Lindsay, said it was painful to watch the video, which a Polk County sheriff's detective brought to their home days after the March 30 attack so Tori could identify the girls involved. Investigators say they planned to post the video on YouTube and MySpace.

"I was flabbergasted," Lindsay said. "I felt completely helpless."

Tori has bruises, a concussion and damage to her left ear and eye, although her family said she is expected to recover. The family would like a public apology from the girls, and they also want a law to protect kids on video and social-networking Web sites. Tori plans to continue her schooling at home rather than return to Mulberry High.

Meanwhile, the grandmother of one of the girls who was arrested says her family is suffering, too.

The beating is alleged to have happened at Mary Nichols' house while she was at work. Since the Sheriff's Office released the video this week, Nichols said, she has been receiving threatening, obscenity-laced telephone calls, and someone scratched her car.

The tape shows Tori being beaten and taunted as other teenagers shout in the background. Nichols' granddaughter, Mercades Nichols, 17, remains in the Polk Regional Juvenile Detention Center along with six other minors who were arrested in the case. Nichols described Mercades as "really a loving, caring kid."

"This is definitely traumatic to everyone, not just to Tori's family," Nichols said Tuesday.


I think Tori's family is going thru much bigger trauma than your psycho granddaughter.

34 comments:

  1. i think that this case should be re-done because maybe it's not just those eight teenagers doing the wrong here... maybe Tori was in the wrong as well for talking "trash" about her "friends".you don't talk trash about your friends and expect cake and ice cream in return... might wanna rethink the entire situation.. people make mistakes. we're all human. it doesn't make us a bad person. my heart goes out there to all those teenagers that were charged.. love ya guys! :)

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    1. No that poor girl was beaten to a pulp almost, those 8 teens should be in jail, because that's where they belong ...

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    2. That's funny. What are you one of their friends? OR even possibly one of them? Let me break something to you - that jumping is considered bullying of some kind. They should be happy they only got a slap on the wrist and not what they actually should've gotten. So what if she "trash talked"? Were they that insecure of themselves that they had to trick a person into coming to a house, lock the door and keep her there until they beat her to a pulp..? If they had an "issue" with her by not say something to her in PUBLIC one at a time instead of jumping her..? So think before you speak or don't speak at all.

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    3. What an animal. "Cake and Ice Cream." SERIOUSLY. Are you Five years old you think a MySpace comment warrants attempted murder. Disgusting.

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    4. To anonymous on april26 I think ur a bitch and if u and ur bitch ass friends think its cool try to do that to my lil girl she wud beat the life out of u shes been training hard for over 2 yrs to make sure that cowards like u dont think they can make her a victim she studys SH0U SHU! And as a father ppl like that shud have there whole family mistreated like that lil girl was bcuz only god knws wut I wud have done!

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    5. I aint afraid u see my pro pic and my name I dont hide from nothing but u like any coward r hiding no name no pic u r a pussy like tupac said "YOU AINT SHIT WITHOUT YOUR HOMIES!"

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    6. EVERYONE talks trash about everybody at one time or another....those 8 teens deserve more than probation...they got off way to easy!..unfortunately that's the world we live in...the "time out" generation!!

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    7. What an immature response. Welcome to real life. So what if she was "talking trash" about someone? That's called freedom of speech and it certainly doesn't give anyone the right to beat someone up. It's the actions of people who are emotionally and mentally stunted. If you have self-esteem and maturity you are going to realize that not everyone has to like you or say nice things about you. If you can't handle that then you need to isolate yourself from society. There is no justification for that lack of self-control and dignity. Pathetic.

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  2. yeah!!!! totally agreed. talking trash about someone and or "certain people" repeatedly on the internet is cyber bullying.... maybe she was doing this..... no one though about it that way huh?

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    1. I hate dem lul bitches dey ugly as n i hope day ass die from bein raped n beaten n i wish dey ass see dis becuse dey wont dare fuckin jump me cus i will nock all day ass out n den kill dem

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    2. Boy one day im going to find dem bitches n shoot dey ass until they look like a fucking pancake

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    3. You're trash to say she deserved because she talked bad about her friends. Opps! I guess that means you should beat me to a pulp since I just talked bad about you. You're just some insecure ugly bitch that was jealous of her. And you deserve to rot in prison. Be thankful that she's better than you by forgiving your uglyass. And have you ever heard of the Bill of Rights. Freedom of Speech. Hello? God you are dumb.

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  3. To the above comments, you people dont know the whole story. How do you know for sure she was talking trash or not. Even if she was that doesnt excuse their behavior. What make me mad about this is this is someones daughter. I would be furious if someone beatup my daughter like that. Victoria Lindsay and her family sames like good people. Victoria is now going to college to become the nurse, and she working too. Im glad to see she going to have a good future. I know hows it feels to be jealous of. One time the girl was jealous of me over the boy. She tried to steal my boyfriend of two years. She talked trash to me on the internet and over the phone. She called me the slut and the whore. She twisted things and made it sounds like I was talking trash to her. She never mention that she was talking trash to me too. The girls who beatup Victoria might of did that. How do you know they didnt? She even wanted to kill me. She wrote on the internet. On I Want To Murder The Girl Who Stole My Boyfriend, at www.isitnormal.com. She wrote how she was tempted to kill me and how she fantasize killing me. Dont believe what she said. I didnt steal her boyfriend. She was just as ugly as the 6 girls who beatup Victoria. She looks like Serena and Venus Williams and Naomi Campbell(whos ugly)but she was short with short curly hair and glasses. She and the girls who beatup Victoria are all a bunch of jealous bitches.

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  4. You know what you do when someone is talking trash? Call them out on it. You do something about it. If someone is talking trash, your true friends wont believe it or even let it spread, and if that was the case, this victoria girl would have ended up with no friends. but, they instead beat her up. you don't beat someone up! and if you were to beat someone up, you don't get people to jump her. That's a PUSSYs way of handling things. You fight someone one on one, not trap them in a house, full of your friends with two dudes hanging outside. Now, i see a bunch of IFs. If she was doing that, it's cyber bullying. IF, IF, IF...fact of the matter is, she beat up a girl. FACT, beat her up. No ifs. Now they're going to have to pay the price. GOOD! My heart goes out to Victoria and her family. Try to imagine if this happen to you. THIS WAS A PUSSYs and COWARDs way of handling the situation. But they'll all learn once they get into jail.

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  5. THE PEOPLE HAVE IT ALL WRONG! I SEEN THE VIDEO AND ALL SIX OF THE GIRLS WERE NOT BEATING UP ON HER ONLY TWO GIRLS BEAT HER UP. IM REALLY SORRY THIS HAPPEN TO THE VICTIM BUT I BELIEVE SHE SHE WAS TALKING SHIT ON MYSPACE BECAUSE IT MAKE NO SENSE FOR SIX GIRLS TO CLAIM YOU SAID SOMETHING ABOUT THEM AND YOU DIDNT. IM NOT TRYING TO SAY THE VICTIM GOT WHAT SHE DESERVED BUT SHE NEEDS TO LEARN TO STOP TALKING SHIT ABOUT PEOPLE AND I SEEN THE INTERVIEW ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA WHEN VICTORIA SAID SHE DIDNT DO ANYTHING TO THOSE GIRLS AND THE ONLY THING THAT CAME TO MY MIND WAS SHES A GOD DAMN LIE SHE NO'S SHE WAS TALKING SHIT ON THOSE GIRLS BUT IT DIDNT GIVE THEM THE RIGHT TO KICK HER ASS LIKE THAT . BUT I JUST WONT TO SAY THAT GIRLS NEED TO LEARN FROM THIS . THEY NEED TO LEARN WHAT SAYING MEAN THINGS ABOUT PEOPLE ON THE INTERNET CAN HAPPEN. GIRLS! DONT THINK THIS CANT HAPPEN TO YOU.

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    1. You are all fucking sick, no one deserves to get beaten up that way and the only thing I learnt from this is that if you're pussy enough to only beat up on a girl when you have another 7 people with you then you will be punished, and have the whole world think you are some pussy because you cant fight one on one, stupid ugly butches deserve everything that happens to them from now on

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  6. i think those stupid asses got what they deserved..even if victoria was talkin shit it dont matter cuz who doesnt talk shit?? n plus they could hav called her out one on one n not been lil bitches that they are n jumped her wethr it was all 6 or just two..ther is a thing called ONE ON ONE!! n they say victoria was talkin shit n blah blah blah bt how do u kno she wasnt tlkn shit bak n stikin up for herself..nobody would like it if it was ther family member tht tht happnd to..n victoria could hav been killed for them being so stupid n tryn to look like ther the shit on sum video to post on the internet..

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  7. How does 'talking trash' make her responsible!????? Every single one of those girls were talking trash and they ganged up on her. People are gonna talk trash so all you little bitches should get over it instead of locking someone in your grandmothers house and beating the girl. 6vs 1 is by a fight. If you think your tough then you wouldn't need five other people and pu wouldn't need to repeatedly hit a girl who for one isn't fighting back and secondly only asked to leave. Those girls are trash, and I hope this stays on their record forever, and boils serve some jail time to understand the seriousness, and hopefully stop being jealous scumbags!

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  8. Talking shit means you should be locked up and beat? Whether it was two people or six it doesn't matter. I'm sure if she fought back they all would have jumped in. Seriously you're a scumbag if you think she deserved this bc he was talking shit. IS THAT A JOKE

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  9. What those girls did to her make me so sick I wish I could kick their asses only I wouldn't lock them up and bring five other people with me. Victoria was the skinny prettiest one out of those girls and they were just all jealous COWARDS

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  10. Is this the same idiot having having the same conversation with themselves? You all sound like a bunch of backwoods ignorant Jerry Springer trash condoning this kind of behavior,seriously If I attacked everyone who talked about me through out my life,teen years and adult years. I'd be in jail all the time. Hey kids it happens in life...LEARN BETTER COPING SKILLS!

    When you get out in the real world you'll run into conflict with people all the time but you don't call your boss over to your condo to plan an attack on a coworker! This isn't the way you'll get to handle stuff in life unless you want to be a convict! This kind of behavior is the most unsophisticated way to deal with conflict. If you think this is okay,get into therapy and don't subject the world to any more of this maddness and ignorance!

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  11. Wow everybody who defends those girls for what they did are idiots... Seriously. If someone talks shit about you on a website, you confront them and talk to them like a civilized human being that has some tact and class, not attack them in a fucking group like a coward and film it so you can post it on youtube like a fucking Neanderthal... Fucking psychos. I would love to see you guys defend these girls if something like this happened to you or someone you know.

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  12. Its insane and an idiotic point of view to say that she deserved to get beat up for talking trash. Wether she did it or not NO ONE deserves what happened to her. Thats like saying a girl should be raped for wearing a skirt so she asked for it and should of known better. Come on now peole defending these girls who beat this poor girl up. Grow up...

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  13. The people who are siding with Victoria's attackers, blaming her for what happened and implying that she deserved it, need help. If she "talked trash," the people she was talking about could have confronted her about it. Instead, they behaved like cowards. They should thank their lucky starts that Victoria didn't die because of their cowardly actions.

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  14. Anyone saying that this young lady deserved to be jumped by a group of females is just as simple minded as the teenagers that jumped this girl. Nothing gives a person a right to beat a person, and it does not matter what the person has said. People should really grow up. Those girls were cowards, and to blame the victim is not only improper, but it's disrespectful. If you live with that type of mind set, you too deserve the same punishment. You become no better than any other criminal and you should spend life in prison. NO ONE deserves to be beaten like an animal.

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  15. To the people that think its ok for six girls to attack one girl you are sick its not ok at all, so what if the girl was talking 'trash' about the other girls maybe they were bitches, but that doesnt give those girls the right to gang up and beat this girl sensless! We all talk about eachother one way or another, she just forgot to hide the evidence, noone can say that they havent ever slagged someone off! But if you slag a friend off because they have pissed you off at that time it doesnt mean your always going to think that about that person or that you meant it, and you certainly wouldnt expect that to happen! Those girls are sick in the head they want fame and popularity for what they did to that poor defensless girl and that is SICK, also to the people who are saying 'loveyou guys' about the attackers I think you need your head testing!

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  16. I guess some that agree that Tori got what was coming to her because what she said, are not familiar with one of the most famous legal documents called the freedom of speach. You cannot beat the crap out of people for what they say; no matter the forum. You can sue for slander etc, but physical violence provoked for any means other than self or family preservation is battery. Pretty cut and dry ; even in the mixed up state of florida. These girls got off light. Street justice is one beat down deserves another, but just who started this physical side of this. My estimation is that this isn't the first time those girls threw punches. They seem to have been either the victims of domestic battery or physical violence in some way. What you are seeing here is the perpetuation of abuse from one generation to another. Really it's shame. I guess these girls are lucky the dad didn't have a gun, as he may have been justified in poppin any and all of them if he confronted them and they demonstrated any physical action towards him. Just look at the proof he'd have had of un provoked physical attacks. I'm certain he was freaked/ scared to approach. Besides, any parent who see's or knows that there is one kid/ let alone 6 capable of doing this, and in home that has to have some adult supervision in it at sometime, must beleive that these kids are not controlled or are allowed to behave in this fashion. I'm a full size 6ft 250 lb man and six of those wildcats would have me a little spooked. Dang ally cats in demeanor and dispositions.

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  17. 90% of the people on here need to shut the hell up, go to school and learn how to spell and punctuate, and grow the hell up!!!

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  18. Probation only? Please. I'm all for forgiveness but there is a delicate balance of mercy and justice, these kids seemed to receive more mercy than they deserve. It's Victoria's call to forgive, as it was a crime against her. The law however should've upheld atleast a brief prison stint: probation and paying fines or doing community service doesn't really teach a lesson ...nothing quite does like the big house and bologna sandwiches!

    What would happen if any and every time one who talked "trash" (AKA, something someone else doesn't like hearing) was beaten in this manner? what kind of world would we have? Think on the categorical imperative. Would the world be a better place if what we said or did was multiplied by a thousand? a million?

    People get angry so easily- and over what? something someone said? what did they say? did it wound our egos? Take a lesson from the duck, when water rolls off it's back. Pick and choose your battles.

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  19. The first person that said he/she loves the girls in jail .. You are mental and how dare you say she over reacted .. How can you hit someone because she said what ?! Huh_ because she said that they stupid .. That doesn't give those girls the right to hit .. All she said was they stupid .. Now what ?! Those girls mentallity is rediculous and immature .. The girl that stood and watched ,!! Is the worst .. How can she just watch !!! She could prevented .. Everyone mos listened to her .. Now why didn't she tell them to stop hitting her .. Why did she let it happen .. She could of told them to stop !! But she didn't .. And don't say she did wrong because all she did was post a few comments on facebook .. So what !! Huh_ it does not at all give them a right to hit her .. They hurt badly .. They damaged .. She is tormented everyday because of those girls !! That she trusted !! You shouldn't feel sorry for the girls in jail .. You shouldn't love them .. They are arrogant and they are cold hearted .. They deserved worst .. But victoria lindsay gave mercy to them .. Even after what they did to her .. So don't dare say she did wrong because she didn't .. They could of handled it like normal people .. They could of spoke .. They didn't have to hit her and beat her up they way they did .. They could of just said .. They didn't like what she said .. They didn't have to hit her .. But they did .. And I feel so sorry for victoria .. I'm sorry for what they did to you my heart goes to you victoria .. I'm sorry you had to experience that .. I wish you didn't .. Them going to prison doesn't compare to what you felt ..!! They deserve worse .. Honestly they are the most immature and arrogant and heartless girls !! Honestly !! They are !!!

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  20. Anonymous jan15 ..!! No one has it wrong .. Those girls that beat her up .. Are mentally insane .. And deserve what they are getting .. They emotionally and physically hurt her .. Those 8 are psycho and didn't deserve victoria's mercy .. But she still gave them mercy .. I'm sorry that those girls hurt you victoria and I wish you all the best .. <3 from the bottom of my heart .. And I don't wanna wish for those girls to get raped or beat or die .. Because that would make me the same as those girls !! So all I want is justice for victoria .. Because what they did to her was beyond wrong !! It was mean and insane !! They have no sense of direction .. They are scared lost souls .. Who are insecure and need help !! But don't deserve it !.. And I wish no one else get's bullied !

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  21. This kind of thing is always going on every dy with teens and school kids. This used to happen often at the High School I went to as a teen in the UK. Some of the girls would entice u into the girls toilets and then shut and guard the door while u got beat up. Once I got beaten by an older girl with her friends backing her up and my face was badly swollen for over a week… I literally had her whole hand imprinted on one side of my face in swollen welts. I even heard one of her friends in shock say “Oh my gd! [bullys name], you’ve hit her too hard!!” All my teachers and my parents kept asking me who did this to u? What happened? But as I was only 14yro at the time and I had never come face to face with violence like this before, fear, shock, and pain, kept me silent abt it as I knew it would be worse if I told them. I eventually did tell my parents but long after I had left school and I was married. I am now in my 50's. I had a neck injury from that beating that has slowly and progressively got worse. I am now housebound, in a recliner all day, in pain, no social life, slowly the friends I had have all stopped visiting, had to stop driving, cannot do my housework anymore, have hired help, and my family are my caretakers. One day, u teens will be my age, u still have that to face, and u will look back on the damage u have done to this girl [and any other young person that’s been the victim of bullies] and I hope u [bullies] will be sorry for what u have done as its something u can’t undo. One day u will be parents and then grandparents and u can tell them what a nasty piece of work u used to be… maybe u will even train your own children and grandkids how to become a bully like yourself! So think before u hit! ~ “what kind of history am I leaving behind for my future descendants to find and read abt me?” ~ Wouldn’t it be wonderful that u have left a legacy behind that tells a story of bullying, spitefulness, jealousy, jail, and even injury to others and a trail of ruined lives…. And nothing to brag abt anymore. But this young girl who was beaten up for all to see… she is, by far, not the 1st to be beaten up and she won't be the last.... its been going on for many, many yrs and I am astonished that others are shocked over the violence by young teens... what do u expect when they see it in the movies they watch.... plenty of girl-bullying in them to keep them entertained, and they see it at school and out of school too. Its talked abt, bragged abt, and laughed abt by them.... I know bcuz I saw it and heard their talk, and bragging, and cruel spiteful laughing abt their deeds all thru my teenage yrs, and no-one ever stopped them!! I got off lightly compared to some of the other girls that were beaten up in those toilets. I have never forgotten that day. It will always haunt me. No-one, even in those days [the 70’s], ever went to the police bcuz we knew justice would not be done and they would have such ridiculous sentences that they would be back in school within weeks. And then all they did was start again, and even brag abt that too!! There should be a support system for victims of bullying, and therapy sessions for the bully and her whole family too. Teachers should also be given more authority over bullies at schools, as today they have much responsibility but no authority anymore, as its been taken away from them.

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  22. I just watched the movie GIRL FIGHT for the first time. (Yea im years late) but i researched this and all i can say is "Tori" won this war. Victoria Lindsay is beautiful now and the ones who beat her look aweful. Kuddos VICTORIA

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