This just makes me want to vomit:

Victoria Lindsey, a 16-year-old cheerleader in Lakeland, FL, was beaten by 6 female schoolmates inside the home of one girl, while two male schoolmates kept watch outside the home.

There are links all over the place about Lindsey, so I’m not going to spend a huge amount of time summarizing. There is also video of the footage available online, though I warn you: though it’s not terribly “gory,” it’s still difficult to watch.

Here are the basic details, as I gathered from various news sources, blogs, and by watching the video for myself:

I don’t understand where the impulse for violence comes from. Sure, I get angry with people for the things they say and do, but never enough to advocate harming those people. It doesn’t surprise me too much, though, that no one spoke up and said, “Hey, maybe this isn’t that smart.” I do understand that mob mentality is a powerful thing. It’s also a fairly handy excuse: “Well, they beat the shit out of Victoria. I didn’t want to get beat up too.”

What frustrates me most about this, I think, is the comments I’ve seen online in reference to Lindsey’s lack of reaction. She mostly cried, attempted to cover herself, and attempted to remove herself from the situation. She did not strike out at the girls, and during the video, you can mostly hear her trying to reason her way out of the situation. A few people, on blogs and news postings, have said things like, “Dumb bitch didn’t fight back.”

It’s more than a little reminiscent of the kind of victim-blaming that takes place in instances of sexual assault. Somehow it’s now Lindsey’s fault for not defending herself physically. Which, really, is nuts: the fight-or-flight response is instinctual, and when faced with 6 adversaries, I think the human body knows its own limits. Victoria Lindsey’s body demonstrated hers. While I understand the importance of self-defense, there are situations where it’s just not going to work.

Plus, you know, violence doesn’t actually solve anything. It generally makes more problems. Just ask Victoria Lindsey, and the six girls who have now been charged as adults with felony assault.

If they are convicted, they will pretty much be screwed in terms of future plans.
I mean, 14 is pretty young to have a felony assault conviction.

Sheesh.

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  1. The vids on TV were very hard to watch. I have a 17 year old daughter, and dang, the things she tells me about the way kids treat each other at school now a days makes me feel really old. The girls especially, are so cut throat to each other, just ruthless, especially from age 12 – 16, at least from my experience here. It’s a dang shame, all of it.

    Hopefully, they will get prosecuted as adults, otherwise, they will just get off with a slap on the wrist and at age 18, they get a new start.

    The YouTube glory thing is just terrible, at another’s expense. Kid’s have it rough these days.

  2. The vids on TV were very hard to watch. I have a 17 year old daughter, and dang, the things she tells me about the way kids treat each other at school now a days makes me feel really old. The girls especially, are so cut throat to each other, just ruthless, especially from age 12 – 16, at least from my experience here. It’s a dang shame, all of it.

    Hopefully, they will get prosecuted as adults, otherwise, they will just get off with a slap on the wrist and at age 18, they get a new start.

    The YouTube glory thing is just terrible, at another’s expense. Kid’s have it rough these days.

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