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School Bus Fight Video Results in Two Arrests

A girl allegedly beat up a Mitchell High School student, and the video landed on Facebook.

Two Mitchell High School students were arrested recently after a video of one of them allegedly beating another student popped up online.

During a ride on a school bus Friday afternoon, a 17-year-old girl allegedly got up from her seat on the bus and then started striking Chase Cristia, a 16-year-old girl from Odessa, according to a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

The 17-year-old then grabbed the younger girl by the back of the neck and punched her at least 10 times, said Doug Tobin, spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

Chase never struck back but tried to cover herself with her arms, he said. 

Another girl, 16, recorded video of the incident, deputies say. The also allege she had been conspiring with the girl who hit Chase. Throughout the day, she had told the attacker that the victim “was talking crap,” according to the arrest report.

The girl accused of throwing the punches said she hadn’t intended to beat up the victim, but she became so mad at what the girl who shot the video was saying that she “lost control.”

The video wound up on Facebook and elsewhere on the internet.

The girl accused of throwing the punches and the girl who recorded the attack were arrested Tuesday. 

The girl accused of throwing punches was charged with battery. The girl who allegedly shot the video was charged with being a principal in the first degree. The charges are misdemeanors.

Deputies are not releasing the names of the girls. The victim's mother was the one to alert deputies to the attack. Chase told Tampabay.com in an interview, "People need to understand that it wasn't my fault," she said. "I did nothing wrong."

All the girls in the incident are sophomores at Mitchell High School.

Sheriff Chris Nocco wanted to send a clear message in this case.

“You commit a battery on someone, you’re going to be arrested,” he said.

Stacie Clark February 07, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Those girls rightly deserve to be arrested. Children need to realize that there are consequences for their actions and there needs to be accountabilty for these types of issues.
sindyloo February 07, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Love the classy tattoo on the forearm of the 16 year thug who shot the video on her cell!!
ssm February 07, 2013 at 05:16 PM
For all the children born within the last 20 years, there has been little discipline and too much indulgence. Are children really born with this aggressiveness? What makes them want to hurt others? Has this always been going on or do we hear of it more today. The parents are to account for so much that is going on with children today. I'm not saying all children, but most of them have no idea to be kind, courteous, and mindful of others feelings. These girls guilty of this offense need more than to be arrested.
sindyloo February 07, 2013 at 05:27 PM
The bus driver is getting a lot of heat , but from what I see he had no time to react, and did fill out all the paper work and report the incident. What I want to know is this..why did the school AP not intervene? The child beaten filled out a report and told her hours before the beating that she was afraid she was going to be attacked. I really see virtual schooling as the only option for my kids after 5th grade. The bullying is worse than it used to be. It is not the same level it once was..not at all.
Irene Patino February 07, 2013 at 06:23 PM
I agree. There is no such thing as an innocent bystander and that includes the bus driver and students that watched and did nothing. The perpetrator should be charged with assault and battery. The camera girl should be charged with aiding and abetting as should the driver.
Irene Patino February 07, 2013 at 06:27 PM
There is a charge in place that is titled "failure to protect". Hopefully the parent of the victim sues the school board and charges them with that rule. The schools in this county and others seem to be more concerned with appearances and personal reputation. It's time to broaden the definition of "no child left behind".
Renee' s February 08, 2013 at 01:52 AM
This act of violence is just appauling! These 2 girls need to be taught a lesson! I also hope that they are expelled from school and made to go to a school for troubled teenagers because anyone that acts like this is troubled!
J Miccio February 08, 2013 at 04:37 AM
I'm sure they made their parents very proud. I hope this girls parents presses charges. No respect, no fear, kids today need a boot in the a--.
Dale February 08, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Kids are this way course the law has let them . You can't touch your kids now days to make them understand . Back in my days you got smacked. Or the belt . Kids now say ill call the cops on you . No wonder these girls are like they are . Things like this is why we have school shootings . So many kids just don't get it . I be leave kids that bully need the shit beat out of them so they know how it feels by some just a little older than them just how I feel about bully's I hope these girls get area day in jail so they know what it feels like cause when they are in there the other girls will know why there there but luck for them
paulette February 09, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Anything to be famous and on YouTube or TV,that's why she filmed it.
Jimmy James II February 09, 2013 at 05:20 PM
TRIVIA COMMENT: I finally figured out what the ambiguous photo is at the top of this and other stories: the lights atop a cop car.
Christopher Mahan February 12, 2013 at 06:20 PM
It is silly and very ignorant to assume by the Mitchell Assistant Principal that an isolated incident could not get out of hand. Nearly all violent conflicts such as bullying start with just one incident. The victim in this case did the right thing in reporting her concerns to the school. The School official is wrong for not anticipating a possible fight or recurring problem. It is not the responsibility of a bus driver to control fights on the bus. Their job is to drive. With all the problems and recent suicides that Pasco schools have had and the fact that there were six suicides last year alone and another January 23, 2013 one would think that the Principal would have thought on his or her feet and stepped in. It is time to be adults with in a unified community effort to stop this negative behavioral pattern in our teens. Sheriff Chris Nocco is publicly stating, “You commit a battery on someone, you’re going to be arrested”. Teens and their parents must understand that their criminal behavior (isolated or not) will no longer be tolerated in Pasco County and Pasco schools. Chris Mahan Stop the Pain Crazy8freedom.org
Jeff February 15, 2013 at 09:29 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=yA5aMmIVViM#t=40s So let me get this straight. The Sheriff of Pasco County will not tolerate someone recording a video. He won't tolerate an act that not only is protected by the first amendment but also provided the best evidence of the battery. A person recording a video is "just as much culpable" as someone "throwing punches". Give me a break.
Irene Patino February 15, 2013 at 01:27 PM
When someone uses a camera for the purpose of sensationalizing a brutal event or self aggrandizement, they are aiding and abetting. If they use it to report a crime, they are being food citizenship. That's my personal opinion. RE constitutional rights: The CR card doesn't play when someone's life is at risk unless it is self-defense. If this were your child, mother, sister or anyone that you cared about, I should hope you could see the logic rather than a self interpreted right.
Irene Patino February 15, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Correction: I meant "good" not "food". They are practicing good citizenship. There are ways of getting involved without resorting to equal violence. Recording to report is one of them. Re the bus driver: when does common sense and compassion take a back seat to saving a child or anyone else from being attacked. The bus driver could have stopped the bus and called for assistance and removal of the perpetrator.
MamaOnCapeCod May 23, 2013 at 02:18 PM
I'm glad they got arrested and hope the victim presses charges. These little snots need to be taught a lesson. I agree with an earlier comment htat these children are overindulgent and not disciplined and think they can do whatever they want with no repurcussions. Also, why is a 17 year old only in 10th grade? Seriously? I was graduating high school at 17!!!

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