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Teenage bully gets off with probation for brutal school bus attack on 16-year-old girl that was filmed and posted on Facebook

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  • Chase Cristia, 16, was the victim of an unprovoked attack in February
  • One girl viciously beat her at the back of the school bus while another filmed it and then posted it on Facebook
  • The attacker has received 270 days of probation during which she must keep a curfew and isn't allowed to use social media

By David Mccormack

PUBLISHED: 08:30 EST, 12 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:33 EST, 12 July 2013

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The mom of an honor roll student in Pasco County, Florida who was viciously attacked on a school bus has spoken of her relief that her daughter's attacker has been brought to justice.

Chase Cristia, 16, a student at Mitchell High School was attacked in February and video footage of the sickening incident was quickly posted on Facebook.

‘That's what you get for talking s**t, b***h!’ the attacker yelled as the beating finally stopped.

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Mitchell High School student Chase Cristia, left, and her mother, Tracy Cristia are relieved that Chase's brutal attacker has been punished

Mitchell High School student Chase Cristia, left, and her mother, Tracy Cristia are relieved that Chase's brutal attacker has been punished

No mercy: The unnamed 17-year old girl approaches Chase and then repeatedly punches her on the back of the head and neck

On Thursday, the 17-year-old attacker who hasn't been named because she is a juvenile pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge.

Circuit Judge Shawn Crane called the girl's conduct ‘outrageous’ and sentenced her to 270 days of probation, with conditions. 

The mother of the victim, Tracy Cristia, said the judge’s sentencing felt like a weight lifted off the family’s shoulders.

'So many sleepless nights,' she told Bay News 9, describing how life changed for her daughter after the attack. 'Emergency room visits, stomach aches, nightmares.'

Chase Cristia, 16, says she was violently attacked on Friday afternoon after sticking up for a friend earlier that day

Victim Chase Cristia, 16, was too shy to speak in court but had a statement read out in which she said her attacker deserved to be punished

The perpetrator has received 270 days of probation, with conditions for the unprovoked attack

During the brief but brutal beating the 17-year old girl approached Chase at the back of the bus, grabbed her and then repeatedly punched her in the back of the head and neck at least 10 times. 

Victim Chase wrote a statement about what happened, but she was too shy to read it in court. The prosecutor read it for her.

‘With the love and support from my family and friends I will overcome,’ she wrote, ‘but I believe these girls should be held accountable for their poor decisions.

'Not only did they plan and execute this attack on me, but they were proud of what they did and bragged about it. I believe they should be punished and made to learn a lesson from this.’

Watching video of the incident in court, Judge Crane said the attacker was out of control.

‘There's no excuse for it. Absolutely no excuse,’ the judge said. ‘There is no provocation for that to occur on a school bus, in our community. It's supposed to be safe. We put our children on buses so they can travel safely to school. They shouldn't be attacked, right?’

Under the conditions of her probation, the attacker must keep a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and is not allowed to use social media

‘Yes, sir,’ the attacker said.

Under the conditions of her probation she must keep a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., write a letter of apology to both Cristia and her own mother, and complete mental and substance abuse evaluations.

She must also have random urine tests and is not allowed to use social media.

She also was ordered to pay restitution to Cristia, mainly for medical expenses, at a tentative amount of $40 a month, for a total of more than $2,000.

‘She acknowledges her conduct,’ public defender Phil Cohen said. ‘She's not proud of it.’

The girl who filmed the attack and posted it on Facebook is expected to face the judge in September.

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