I thought it was some kind of april fools joke at first. When I saw the images of the teenagers in their correction facility outfits with the headline that they had filmed themselves beating the crap out of another teenager so they could post it to You Tube. I thought it was some film school stunt. I don't really know why I thought it was a stunt. Maybe they looked too much like some of those cool, detached portraits I had seen at Rob Haggart's Promotional Flickr slideshow. Maybe these kids were too young, too attractive. Maybe it was all the orange. But apparently it's not a stunt. Eight teenagers in Polk County Florida (6 girls and 2 boys) have been arrested after beating another female teenager to the point of hospitalization while filming the beating and threatening to post the video on You Tube.
"You will not use any Internet chat room, social site, opinion forum, included, but not limited to, MySpace and YouTube," Judge Cowden said.
The full story is all over the internet. One amazing report has this:
"Following their arrests the girls joked in a holding cell. One asked if she would be able to make it to cheerleading practice the next day, while several others joked that they wouldn't be making it back to the beach anytime soon, he said."
"They seemed to have absolutely no remorse at all," Judd said. "They were just going to beat her. And beat her they did."
And while we're on the subject of appearance and normalcy and race and attire and prison uniforms, I have to add these images from commercial photographer Chad Ress. I found them awhile ago and wondered what they had been shot for:
images below ©Chad Ress