Pasco school bus attacker pleads guilty - WFLA News Channel 8

Pasco school bus attacker pleads guilty

Posted: Updated:
Still frame from video of the beating posted online Still frame from video of the beating posted online
Beating victim Chase Cristia, 16 Beating victim Chase Cristia, 16
PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Chase Cristia couldn't bear to watch as a prosecutor replayed a 37-second video of the school bus attack that went viral after the attacker's accomplice posted it online.

But in a Pasco Courtroom Thursday the judge watched intently and then told Cristia's 17-year-old female attacker exactly what he thought.

"Your conduct was outrageous," said Pasco Circuit Judge Shawn Crane.

"What do you think when you look at that video?" Crane asked the assailant.

"I can't look at it," she replied.

Moments after the girl pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery for the attack, Crane sentenced her to 270 days probation. She has a curfew from 6 PM to 6 AM, must take anger management courses, and repay Cristia nearly $3,000 in restitution for doctor bills and counseling prompted by the attack.

The entire mess started at Mitchell High School February 1 when Cristia defended another student at school from some bullies—including the attacker.

The bully and her friends threatened to beat Cristia that day at school, but when she complained to a school administrator, the administrator did nothing to stop the violence that unfolded later on the school bus.

At the attacker's sentencing hearing Cristia was too nervous to testify, so the prosecutor read her victim impact statement aloud for the judge.

"What these girls did to me was unprovoked and brutal," Cristia wrote. "I am sorry for them and wonder how awful their lives must be to have so much anger and rage inside of them."

After the sentencing, Cristia said she wants peace both for herself and the girls who preyed on her that day on the school bus.

"I feel for them. I'm not some heartless person that doesn't care," Cristia said. "What they did to me was wrong but I also feel bad they have to through something, too."

Prosecutor Eric Rosario said the attacker's accomplice who recorded the beating on her cell phone and put it on the Interment is the one who "egged on" the attack.  She faces trial September 12 on a misdemeanor battery charge for her role in the assault.

Cristia's mother says her daughter is still recovering from the emotional trauma of the bus beating and has undergone extensive therapy to overcome post traumatic stress and fear of reprisals.

But Chase says she's feeling strong and doesn't regret defending her friend from bullies the day they turned their bully behavior on her.

"I stick up for what I believe in" said Cristia. "And I believe that's a terrible thing."

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Back-to-School Tax-free Holiday is here

    Back-to-School Tax-free Holiday is here

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:52:56 GMT
    It's almost time to head back to school and that means it's time to shop.
    It's almost time to head back to school and that means it's time to shop.
  • Tampa Bay woman feels ripped off, pays $61 for coins worth $1.50

    Tampa Bay woman feels ripped off, pays $61 for coins worth $1.50

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:10:55 GMT
    Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins.Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins.
    Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins that have been sitting in a bank vault for years.With shipping, she paid $61.43. But, here's what she received: a bag of about 100 pennies, worth at most: $1.50.
    Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins that have been sitting in a bank vault for years.With shipping, she paid $61.43. But, here's what she received: a bag of about 100 pennies, worth at most: $1.50.
  • Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir

    Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:45:52 GMT
    Tampa Bay Water is celebrating a rebirth of sort for its beleaguered Bill Young reservoir. TBW is now diverting water from the Alafia river and filling the reservoir after a massive gutting and renovation project that cost in excess of $124 million dollars.
    Tampa Bay Water is celebrating a rebirth of sort for its beleaguered Bill Young reservoir. TBW is now diverting water from the Alafia river and filling the reservoir after a massive gutting and renovation project that cost in excess of $124 million dollars.
  • NewsMore>>

  • Pinellas school district asks Crist to pull TV ad

    Pinellas school district asks Crist to pull TV ad

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:32 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:32:42 GMT
    The Pinellas County school district is asking former Gov. Charlie Crist to pull a television ad filmed at an area high school.
    The Pinellas County school district is asking former Gov. Charlie Crist to pull a television ad filmed at an area high school.
  • Closing US 301 for repairs create headaches

    Closing US 301 for repairs create headaches

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:16 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:16:16 GMT
    It’s been a headache for many who travel U.S. Highway 301 in Riverview after the roadway was shut down. But FDOT expects the roadway to be back open about midnight Thursday.After a nearby construction crew damaged a 24-inch water line in the area, water poured out and created a hole, damaging the asphalt on U.S. 301.“It’s still every penny counts, I would say $30 to $50 possibly,” is how much the road closure cost Bee...
    It’s been a headache for many who travel U.S. Highway 301 in Riverview after the roadway was shut down. But FDOT expects the roadway to be back open about midnight Thursday.After a nearby construction crew damaged a 24-inch water line in the area, water poured out and created a hole, damaging the asphalt on U.S. 301.“It’s still every penny counts, I would say $30 to $50 possibly,” is how much the road closure cost Bee...
  • New "Fire challenge" video spurs warnings

    New "Fire challenge" video spurs warnings

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:43:41 GMT
    Videos of a dangerous stunt are spreading all across social media. You can see examples on sites like Youtube and Facebook. It's called "The Fire Challenge" and involves young people dousing themselves with rubbing alcohol and lighting it up on their bodies. Burn victim and now, Tampa General Hospital volunteer, Joe Versaggi, knows all about the horrors of fire. He's undergone 30 surgeries after a fiery plane crash 8...
    Videos of a dangerous stunt are spreading all across social media. You can see examples on sites like Youtube and Facebook. It's called "The Fire Challenge" and involves young people dousing themselves with rubbing alcohol and lighting it up on their bodies. Burn victim and now, Tampa General Hospital volunteer, Joe Versaggi, knows all about the horrors of fire. He's undergone 30 surgeries after a fiery plane crash 8...
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.