Florida School Beating

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The mother of a beaten Florida teenage girl says her daughter is opening her eyes slightly and has
squeezed her doctor's hand.

Physicians are unable to tell Josie Lou Ratley's mom Hilda Gotay Ratley about what kind of long-term damage her daughter sustained after the March 17th beating at Deerfield Beach Middle School.

The teen is in a medically induced coma.

The mom said Wednesday her daughter doesn't follow commands yet.

She says that she spends most of her time by her 15-year-old
daughter's bedside, reciting the rosary.

Authorities say the suspect punched and stomped on Ratley with
steel-toed boots.

He's being held at a juvenile detention center on a charge of premeditated attempted murder.
No other information has been released about the male suspect. We do not know if he was a student at the school.


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  • by sam Location: ga on Apr 24, 2010 at 08:00 AM
    may god be ther for u and your daughter
  • by anonymous Location: chicago on Apr 12, 2010 at 02:54 PM
    what is wrong with the parents of a teenage boy who found his brother hanging from a tree? they should be held accountable.
  • by B Location: Ga on Apr 8, 2010 at 05:43 AM
    He was being held? Student? Teacher? Janitor? Bus Driver? I would ASSUME its a student. Its nice to know that the stories written here are so closly monitored for accuracy.
  • by Mark Location: Tallahassee on Apr 8, 2010 at 05:37 AM
    Juvenile detention? Anybody touches either of my kids, the only thing that will be held is a funeral! NOBODY touches my kids.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2010 at 04:27 AM
    that person should trired as an adult
  • by Candy Location: woodville on Apr 7, 2010 at 07:38 PM
    If I had that happend to my child i would do the same thing to that teacher did to my child
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