Florida teens accused in bus beating face a judge
POSTED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 12:09pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 16, 2013 - 7:58am
Three teens accused in brutal school bus beating caught on camera charged in juvenile court.
Three teens accused of brutally beating a classmate on a school bus in Florida appeared before a judge this week.
The boys are charged with aggravated battery in juvenile court after their alleged attack was caught on surveillance camera.
The three teenagers caught on tape beating up a younger student on their school bus faced a judge on Tuesday; all slapped with aggravated battery charges.
"If you were in adult court this would be a second-degree felony. And that is a very serious matter," said Judge Raymond Gross of Pinellas Co., FL Court.
The three 15-year-old boys remained silent as they left the courtroom.
The father of one only offering these words.
"Consequences, just consequences is all I can say."
Consequences for beating up a 13-year-old boy on their school bus in early July, breaking his arm.
Police say the older boys were seeking revenge after the victim told teachers that they tried to sell him drugs.
The Juvenile Justice Department is recommending nine month probation and anger management for two of the boys while the third the reported ring leader faces an additional robbery charge for allegedly stealing money from the victim after the beating.
"It's hard to convey what happened in this case without actually seeing the video." William F. Schopper, Assistant State Attorney.
The prosecution asked to enter the bus surveillance video as evidence to illustrate that the Juvenile Justice Department's proposed punishments don't match the severity of the crime.
The teens are due back in court August 27th.