Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Four male school students were arrested for ripping the clothes off classmates and then snapping photos with their cell phones

Internet Broadcasting Systems:

Investigators said the boys, ages 12, 13 and 14 years old, attacked the girls Friday at Tavares Middle School in Lake County, Fla., in the back of a school bus. The boys then allegedly groped the girls and took pictures of them.

Cell phone video allegedly showed one of the girls screaming for help while the boys touch her breasts, according to the report.

Police said the attack continued after the boys got off the bus when they pulled another girl by her hair. When she fell, detectives said they put their hands up her skirt.

Detectives said it is a crime that comes close to being rape, Local 6 reporter Jessica Sanchez reported.

"You forcibly hold someone down, you remove their clothing, you are fondling that person -- if these children had been adults, this is a crime, if convicted, they would be labeled sex offenders for the rest of their lives," Lake County sheriff's Sgt. Christie Mysinger said.

Police said two of the boys have confessed to taping the attacks with their cell phones, Local 6 News reported.

Also, police are looking at surveillance video from the school bus.

All of the boys face felony charges.

Unfortunately, because of their ages, the courts will probably go easy on them.


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