**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.