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11-year-old stripped naked, bullying videotaped

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The boy begs the girls to stop as the rip off his bathing suit, leaving him naked lying on the ground. The boy begs the girls to stop as the rip off his bathing suit, leaving him naked lying on the ground.

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A Fort Myers mother says she feels powerless after her 11-year-old son was pinned down at his neck and stripped naked by two middle school girls.

At first glance the minute-long YouTube video looks like kids playing. But it soon takes a disturbing turn as the boy cries out for help, humiliated and pinned down to the ground.

"Mommy!," he yells.

The video, which has since been taken down, shows two Dunbar Middle School girls holding the boy down in broad daylight, inside a gated community.

The boy begs the girls to stop as the rip off his bathing suit, leaving him naked lying on the ground.

The title of the video, which was online for more than 24 hours, says the boy is getting "owned."

"I'm surprised these girls can just do that and get away with it," said the boy's mother. "Or there are no repercussions."

Fox 4 is not releasing the names of anyone involved.

The mother says Fort Myers police filled out a report but weren't much help at first.

The officer "said he didn't know if there was a crime committed but said it looked like a prank."

The police report taken Tuesday described the incident twice as a "prank" and says "police incident closed."

"Nobody cares, nobody cares," the mother said. "If this was my son doing it to a little girl there would have been lights and sirens at my door."

Shortly after Fox 4 contacted police they showed up at the mother's daughter. A spokesperson for the department says it has nothing to do with the media's involvement in the story.

They tell us the plan was always to follow up.

We wanted to talk with Chief Doug Baker about the case. After agreeing to an interview, he backed out because he didn't want to cause the boy further embarrassment, according to spokesperson Shelly Flynn.

Fort Myers attorney E.B. Newberry says at the very least this is a misdemeanor battery because the girls touched the boy against his will.

She says it could even be considered child pornography.

Newberry says if the situation have been reversed, the boy most likely would have been arrested - and admits there's a "double standard."

"Kids need to know they can't do these things and get off without anything," said Newberry. "But I also don't think that their future should be ruined either. It's a Catch-22."

And that is something the boy's mother is struggling with. She's not sure if she will press charges but feels the girls should face some sort of punishment.

Fort Myers police confirm this would have been a misdemeanor battery charge. They say unless the mother is willing to press charges there's not much they can do.

They say they are looking into what charges, if any, the YouTube element could bring but wouldn't elaborate.

"I think they should be held accountable for what they did," she said. "You can't do this to people. What gives you the right to do this?"

MATT GRANT, REPORTER
mgrant@fox4now.com

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