UPDATE:Read the latest update: Josie Ratley, the 15-Year-Old Girl Nearly Beaten to Death, Reportedly Wakes from Her Coma.
When we last left Deerfield Beach, Florida, 15-year-old Michael Brewer was being set on fire by his supposed friends over a $40 video game. Now comes word of another little prick in the city’s middle school, Wayne Treacy, also 15.
Josie Lou Ratley apparently said texted something about the suicide of Treacy’s older brother, which set him off
Though the details haven’t been verified, it seems Treacy heard that another student, Josie Lou Ratley, 15, had said something untoward about him. What that was, we know not. But it was apparently enough to piss off the little dickhead.
So he found the girl waiting for the school bus after school. As others crowded around, witnesses say Treacy attacked her from behind, punching her in the head until she fell to the ground. He kicked and stomped on her head with steel-toed boots, even after she lost consciousness. He also smashed her face into the concrete sidewalk.
Witnesses say blood was streaming from her nose and mouth. She was only saved after a teacher pulled Treacy off.
Josie is now in critical condition at a Broward County hospital. Out little dickhead is expected to appear before a judge today.
UPDATE: It seems a text from Josie Lou Ratley sent Wayne Treacy into a murderous rage.
Treacy’s father is a douchebag. Since 1981, he’s racked up 43 arrests in Florida, leaving him in and out of prison. So his older brother, Michael Bell, became his surrogate father.
Wayne Treacy kicked the girl in the head at least seven times with his steel-toed boots
But in October, depressed over divorce and losing his job, Bell committed suicide by hanging himself in a church parking lot in Pompano Beach. The loss no doubt left Treacy adrift. And it was that open sore that apparently set him off last week.
His former girlfriend, 13-year-old Kayla Manson, claims to be Josie’s best friend. In the past, she’d borrowed Josie’s phone to get in touch with Treacy. So when Treacy tried to reach her last week, she got Josie instead.
The two apparently exchanged texts. Josie made it clear she didn’t approve of Treacy’s relationship with a 13-year-old girl. She also said something about the suicide of Treacy’s older brother. Police aren’t saying what that was, but it set him on a course of rage.
He put on his steel-toed boots and rode his bike over to Deerfield Beach Middle School. He barely knew Josie, so Manson pointed her out. That’s when he attacked her from behind, pounding her head into the concrete until she lost consciousness, then kicking her in the head at least seven times.
Josie remains in the hospital in critical condition. She’s in a drug-induced coma, and doctors were forced to remove part of her skull to reduce swelling. Her family says they don’t have health insurance.
Treacy is charged with attempted murder. Manson is charged with abetting since she knew about the attack beforehand, and helped Treacy find her supposed “best friend.”
Though he apparently never met her in person before, and didn’t even know what she looked like, it seems Treacy nonetheless intended to kill Josie.
They’d taunted each other in texts before the attack, police say. Afterward Treacy, following a 15-year-old’s imagination of what a bad guy looks like, put on blacks clothes, his steel-toes, and black gloves. He sent texts to friends saying he was going to kill the girl. Then he rode his bike to her middle school.
Even after the vicious attack, he seemed undisturbed by what he’d done. A recording of the 911 call reveals a teacher telling him to put away his phone. But Treacy still managed to get a text to a friend.
“He sent another text message to someone saying ‘Hey, I think I’m going to prison, I think I just killed someone,’ so it just was a matter of fact thing, like oh well, this is what it is,” Sheriff Al
Lamberti told NBC.
UPDATE III:“I’m coming over there and I’m gonna snap your neck.”
That’s what Wayne Treacy texted Josie before getting on his bike and pedaling over to her middle school, according to Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti. He also texted friends saying he intended to kill the girl, but they never called the cops.
In fairness to the friends, they may have believed it was just another idle boast from a kid trying to act tough. But in this case, that assumption would have been terribly wrong.
Police still aren’t sure what Josie wrote to set Treacy off. Some of the texts had already been deleted from their phones, so they’re waiting for the phone company to provide them.
In the meantime, there was another attack on a girl in Broward County yesterday. As they were getting off their school bus at McNicol Middle School in Hollywood, a 14-year-old boy repeatedly punched his former girlfriend in the face. The 12-year-old girl suffered a fractured nose, and the boy has been charged with battery. They’re not releasing the kid’s name, but he apparently has a history of violence on campus.
Teacher Walter Welch intervened, likely saving Josie’s life
He’s the teacher who intervened and likely saved Josie’s life. He was standing about 100 feet from the bus stop when he noticed Treacy standing over the girl. He saw Treacy’s foot come down twice and then yelled at him to stop.
Welsh intervened before he could kick her again. He told another teacher to call an ambulance while he took Treacy inside the school.
He asked the boy why he stomped the little girl. “She talked about my dead brother,” Treacy responded.
Asks Welch: “What do you say to a 15-year-old who has that kind of hate?
“I’m 56-years-old, and I never seen anything like it. If you see the girl, tell baby girl to open her eyes and smile one more time. Tell her mother I’ll always be sorry I didn’t get their faster. That’s all I can say.”
Meanwhile, Josie’s condition is improving. She’s still in a medically-induced coma, but at least the swelling has gone down on one side of her brain.
Josie has had two operations to remove portions of her skull to reduce swelling on the brain
Judge Elijah Williams has barred lawyers and cops from publicly discussing the case until a full hearing can be held April 6, which means we won’t hear details of the exchange between Treacy and Josie till then — perhaps longer.
Public Defender Betsy Benson, Treacy’s lawyer, asked for a permanent ruling barring cops and lawyers from discussing the case after multiple players in the affair appeared on national TV, including the sheriff, Josie’s relatives, and relatives of Kayla Manson. She argues that all the publicity will taint the jury pool and has created a “lynch mob type mentality in the community.”
Whether the judge will agree to a permanent injunction remains to be seen, however. Florida has perhaps the country’s strongest sunshine law, meaning government officials are stringently required to share most information with the public.
Read the latest update: Josie Ratley, the 15-Year-Old Girl Nearly Beaten to Death, Reportedly Wakes from Her Coma.
Also see Wayne Treacy Police Interview: Josie Ratley’s Insult of Dead Brother ‘Wasn’t That Bad.’