Three Teens Sentenced to Indefinite Probation After Vicious School Bus Beating

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Earlier today, a Florida juvenile court sentenced three 15-year-old teenagers to indefinite probation after the teens pled guilty to aggravated battery charges in the attack of a 13-year-old boy on a school bus in July 2013.  The probation sentence included multiple conditions:  community service, random drug tests, electronic monitoring via ankle bracelets, anger management classes, mandatory curfews, and prohibition on contact with the victim.

Police reported the teens attacked the victim after he informed school officials that one of the three teens attempted to sell him marijuana.  After punching and kicking the victim approximately 50 times within one minute, the victim suffered a broken arm and two black eyes.  The vicious attack was witnessed by the bus driver and numerous students, and videotaped by a bus surveillance camera.  The three teenagers are first time offenders.

The sentences lead to many questions:

  • Is the punishment appropriate for first-time offenders?
  • Was it proper to try them in a juvenile court or should they have faced adult charges?
  • Did the teens receive more or less punishment due to the national news coverage?

Fox News has more information on this breaking story.

Tracey Toll

About Tracey Toll

Tracey Toll is a second year student at the University of Houston Law Center. She attended undergraduate school at Butler University and received a B.F.A., cum laude, with High Honors in Dance Performance. After graduating, Tracey performed with Ballet Austin for three years. During that time, she participated in Ballet Austin’s program in which dancers performed and taught movement to at-risk children at schools throughout the Austin area. After leaving Ballet Austin, Tracey worked as a paralegal practicing insurance defense and product liability defense, which led to her interest in attending law school. Since starting law school, Tracey has interned for two federal judges at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and she spent the past summer working as a Summer Associate with a law firm specializing in civil litigation in areas such as products liability, commercial litigation, labor and employment, and insurance coverage. Additionally, she is a member of the Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy. Tracey looks forward to the opportunity to work in the area of children’s rights and to advocate for children.

One thought on “Three Teens Sentenced to Indefinite Probation After Vicious School Bus Beating

  1. Kati Woodward
    August 30, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Interesting & sad story about teens. They probably should be tried as juveniles so that they could get
    more intensive help rather than being put in custody
    with older criminals. You are certainly going into
    a worthwhile & satisfying field of law!!

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