Florida Boy Attacked, Stripped Naked in Public, and Videotaped By Three Girls — Resulting In No Charges

There is a sharp disconnect between two prank stories this morning. When Tyrell Morton put an inflatable girl in the girl’s bathroom at his high school, he ended up with a felony charge and a potential jail sentence of eight years. However, when three eighth-grade girls from Dunbar Middle school in Florida tackled an 11-year-old boy and stripped him naked (and proceeded to videotape him and taunt him), they were let go as a simple prank in bad taste.

In the video, the girls stop the boy to chat and then hold him down, strip him naked, and mock him. The video was put on YouTube.

The boy is a fifth grader at Ray Pottorf Elementary. One girl faced a single misdemeanor battery charges, but it was abandoned when the boy’s mother has refused to press charges. I commend her for her restraint, but I wonder what the charge would be if a group of boys attacked and stripped a girl in public, videotaped her, and mocked her.

I tend to disfavor criminal charges in such cases. However, it seems clear that the girls should be expelled and subject to the most severe forms of school punishment. What I find interesting, however, is the sharply different treatment given such acts by boys as opposed to girls. Indeed, I doubt seriously this would have even confined to a misdemeanor if the genders were reversed or that, with the existence of the videotape, the failure to press charges would be determinative. If the police witness or have evidence of a felony, they do not necessarily require the consent of the victim. Once again, I would not take this to the criminal system. Yet, I am surprised that the articles only refer to the possibility of parental punishment as opposed to immediate expulsion and other measures, such as denial of social clubs, graduation etc.

Jonathan Turley

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248 thoughts on “Florida Boy Attacked, Stripped Naked in Public, and Videotaped By Three Girls — Resulting In No Charges

  1. EVEN IF these girls are not sociopaths, they are definitely displaying
    sociopathic behavior. I can’t help but have an image of these girls chipping
    in to make a down payment on a house 5 or 6 years from now, then using
    the trust that is granted to most females to open up an overnight daycare.
    If some boy wets the bed, can you imagine what kind of bath they’re going
    to give him AFTER they tear off all his clothes? They only thing stopping
    them from doing this would be for them to have a criminal record due to the
    sexual assault that they committed on this poor boy.

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  6. Any followup on this story? I’d like to at least see how the district attorney could demonstrate that no crimes were committed here. I know it’s been a couple of years but something still needs to be done about this.

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