This time it’s out of Rhode Island where four girls, two 12-year-olds and two 13-year-olds, have been charged after a tape of them beating a 12-year-old girl was posted online.
The victim’s mother, Holly Gingerella, downloaded the video before it was removed from Youtube and took it to police. After their investigation, officers charged all four girls; two with assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy, two with simple assault and conspiracy.
The video shows a 12-year-old girl spending most of her time on the grounding fending off the kicks, hits, bites, and scratches of her attackers. Gingerella says her daughter was friends with the girls and the fight was the result of her daughter saying a boy was cute.
She says they lured her there in order to ambush her and then wouldn’t let her leave. She says they threatened to beat her again if she went home and told anyone and pretended to be her daughter when they texted Gingerella asking if she could spend the night with the girls.
What concerns Gingerella even more is that these girls knew her daughter suffers from hydrocephalus and has been through nine surgeries in the last 12 years. She currently has a shunt in her brain to treat the condition.
The beating left her daughter suffering from bite marks, two black eyes, and swelling in her head. The mother of one of the girls caught attacking the victim is appalled at her daughter’s actions.
“When I saw that video, I just lost it. I just can’t believe my daughter could actually do that to somebody. Especially someone that she thought was a friend of hers. Just kept going and hitting and hitting and hitting and hitting after knowing that she had brain surgery,” the mother said.
Another mother, or possibly the same one, said her daughter needs professional help.
“I love my daughter too, but my daughter needs help,” she said. “My daughter has done this too many times; she needs to be punished for this.”
Gingerella says her daughter has not returned to school and isn’t sure when she will go back.
“She doesn’t want to go back to school. She is scared. There are still comments being made, calling her a snitch and that she’s going to get it worse. So, it’s tough. I’ll do whatever I can to protect her,” Gingerella said.
I’m including another news report that also includes video of the beatdown taken by a neighbor. For some reason the person filming takes time out of taping the attack to turn the camera on himself and offer some insight, instead of walking out there and stopping it.
“Kids are [expletive] sitting outside for like twenty minutes, like ‘don’t do this, don’t do that. You can keep going you can keep fighting’. It’s like they’re like planning it so they can like just record it,” the unidentified man says.
Not that I disagree with his assessment, but I feel people standing idly by allowing things like this to happen – whether out of fear or apathy — are much bigger issues than the current fad of filming violent acts just to post them online.Tags: Beating, Crime, Juvenile, Rhode Island, Video