Two More Teens Who Taped Attack On Classmate In Court

The last two Florida teens involved in the videotaped beating of a classmate have agreed to plea deals.

Kayla Hassall and April Cooper were among the teens arrested last year and accused of attacking a 16-year-old girl. The attack was recorded on video and seen around the world via the Internet and TV.

They accepted plea deals Wednesday, keeping the case from going to trial. Three other teens have done the same.

A spokesman for the state attorney's office says Hassall pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor battery and Cooper pleaded guilty to two counts. They will be punished as juveniles and face up to a year of detention on each count.

Officials said the teens planned to post the video on the Internet as retaliation for "trash-talking."

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2009 at 03:38 PM
    Trash talking?? Haven't thier parents ever told them "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will NEVER hurt me"? It still applies. Geesh, people teach your teens to turn the other cheek, not be trash themselves and stoop to the level of evil idiot.
  • by betty Location: cortland on Feb 5, 2009 at 01:32 PM
    The ones doing the taping should be charged as adults. They should pay the price. The kids today their parents want to be their friends instead of being the parents. The parents are the problem; the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
  • by John L Location: New Bern on Feb 5, 2009 at 10:06 AM
    If they choose to do a crime like this which will affect the young lady for the rest of her life (since it's on the web, youtube, etc), then they should be charged as adults or I hope the parent brings a civil suit against the families. WITN, any word on that happening? Keep up the great work!
  • by Leigh Location: Eastern nc on Feb 5, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    I agree Tad. This is in no way severe enough. They should be charged as adults. They are certainly old enough to know better.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Feb 5, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    Not severe enough. Holding someone against their will and administering a beating warrants more than juvenile misdemeanor charges.

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