ESTERO, Fla. – Prosecutors in southwest Florida say they won't charge two teenage girls accused of creating a fake Facebook account to ridicule a classmate.
Instead, the 15- and 16-year-old Fort Myers-area girls were referred to a pretrial diversion program at the request of the victim's father.
The teens will have to go before an accountability board that help youths accused of crimes understand the harm that was done and assigns punishment.
Authorities say the girls created a page and posted pictures showing their 16-year-old classmate's head superimposed on the body of a half-nude child. Derogatory remarks were posted next to the pictures.
The girls said they targeted the victim because "nobody liked her."