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Girl who filmed Pasco school bus beating pleads guilty

A teen girl who filmed a brutal school bus beating was sentenced in juvenile court on Thursday.

The video, filmed in February, showed hard, angry punches pounding Chase Cristia, 16, in the back of a school bus. "That's what you get for talking s---, b----!" the attacker yelled as the beating finally stopped. The beating stemmed from an argument in the cafeteria at Mitchell High School.

The attacker, and another teen girl who filmed the beating and posted the video to Facebook, were both charged.

In July, the attacker pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge and was sentenced in juvenile court. Circuit Judge Shawn Crane gave her 270 days of probation, with conditions.

She was told to keep a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., write a letter of apology to both Cristia and her own mother, and complete mental and substance abuse evaluations. She must have random urine tests and not use social media for the duration of the probation. She also was ordered to pay restitution to Cristia, mainly for medical expenses.

A trial date was set for the recorder of the incident, but she decided to plead guilty as well.

Assistant State Attorney Eric Rosario argued for a stiffer sentence for the girl — who is not being named due to her age. He argued the girl was the instigator.

Crane gave the girl the same sentence as the attacker, and he condemned her actions.

Cristia's mother said the sentence finally puts the whole ordeal behind her.

"We did a happy dance when we got out of that parking lot," Tracy Cristia said. "Because you know what? This is over, and we are just thrilled that it's over. It's done."

Girl who filmed Pasco school bus beating pleads guilty 09/12/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 13, 2013 2:20pm]
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