GALION — Three juvenile girls have been sentenced for their roles in a fight with a Galion girl that was videotaped and uploaded to social media sites. The fight was in March.
According to Crawford County Prosecutor Matthew Crall, all three juveniles, originally charged with felonious assault, pleaded guilty to amended charges of aggravated assault.
“Further investigation determined that while there was serious physical harm (to the victim), there were issues of provocation necessitating the reduction of charges to felonies of the third degree,” Crall said.
Crall said that two of the cases were transferred to Richland County for disposition, as that is where the juveniles, Elise Grabenauer and Shantez Kemper, live.
“The disposition of the Crawford County juvenile was completed here and she is under supervised probation currently,” Crall said of Galion High School student Janet Lugo.
Crall said that the victim in the case, Maddie Hoffman, was adjudicated in Crawford County juvenile court on one count of disorderly conduct in connection with the pre-planned fight between the girls.
The 16-year-old was videotaped fighting with three other teen girls at a Galion residence in March. Hoffman was later taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital with a torn liver, torn spleen and neck and head injuries. The video tape of the girls’ fight was placed on social media and showed several teens yelling and cheering as Hoffman was kicked and punched repeatedly while lying on the ground.
At a benefit for Hoffman in May, she shared her story in hopes that it will help put an end to bullying schools across the area.
Hoffman said she should have told her parents about the bullying.
“Staying silent is not a solution. Janet (Lugo) and I should have handled our differences in a better way,” Hoffman said. “We all need to learn to build each other up, not tear each other down.”
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