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Pasco bus beating attacker back in court

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Chase Cristia and her mother in June Chase Cristia and her mother in June
PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Half a year has passed since Chase Cristia, 16, suffered the beating of her life while sitting in the rear of a school bus on her way home from another day of classes at Pasco County's J. W. Mitchell High School.

According to a police report the assailant said she was going after Cristia because she had been "talking crap" that day in school. Cristia reported the threats before the attack to a school administrator who did nothing to stop it.

The administrator later received counseling for failing to act by a deputy school superintendent.

Today, the 17-year-old girl who pummeled Cristia with as many as 15 pile-driving punches to the head will face a Pasco judge, possibly plead guilty and receive a sentence for that assault.

Related story: 02/07/2013 School bus beating video raises many questions

Another girl, the one who videotaped the beating and posted it on YouTube after showing it repeatedly to other students on the bus, has decided to face trial instead of negotiating a plea bargain with prosecutors.

Related story: 05/30/2013 Bus beating victim, suspects back in court in Pasco County

Cristia's mother Tracy says her daughter has physically recovered from the bus beating but still suffers emotional trauma from that day. She said the family is anxious to have closure on the incident.

Both the attacker and the accomplice who shot the cell phone video of the assault were expelled from Mitchell High after the incident, but Cristia isn't sure if one or both girls will return to Mitchell when classes resume next month.

She's hoping for her daughter's sake they do not. 

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