"Beat her! Beat that ho, Trisha!" someone shouted on the Facebook video. Patricia Montes, 14 and in black spandex, grappled awkwardly with 15-year-old Erica Avery, tripping her to the ground. The camera jostled as it zoomed in closer to the melee. But what first appeared to be play devolved into something darker. Patricia grabbed a fistful of mud and tried to shove it into Erica's face.

"Get it in your mouth!" Patricia yelled.

"I don't wanna eat dirt!" Erica shrieked. "I don't wanna eat dirt!"

Clockwise from left: Lanel Singleton, 18, Dwight Henry, 17, and Jayvon Woolfork, 19, have all been charged with two counts of armed sexual battery and await trial.
Photos from Broward Sheriff's Office
Clockwise from left: Lanel Singleton, 18, Dwight Henry, 17, and Jayvon Woolfork, 19, have all been charged with two counts of armed sexual battery and await trial.
A Facebook profile of one of the teenaged friends.
A Facebook profile of one of the teenaged friends.

A forest-green truck roared into the frame. It was Patricia's five-foot-five dad, Ray Montes. The girls told him they were just playing. "You don't fucking play like that!" the graying 46-year-old boomed at Patricia. "Don't tell me, 'It's good.' You're my fucking daughter, all right? Look at you — you're fucking filthy! Get your ass home, now!" He gunned the engine, and the truck screeched away. On Facebook, the girls couldn't get enough of the video, which spawned 80 comments and was named, "Drunk Ass Hoess Lmaoo."

The similarities among the children's digital personalities — the deification of violence and drugs and the diminution of women — reflect broader themes in teenage social media. Here, girls are referred to as "bitches," "hoes," and "sluttabugs." Boys of all ethnicities call each other "nigga." Teens tell friends they "totally fucks with" them to express affection. Photo galleries are dominated by the shirtless selfie, which often includes baggies of weed, small piles of cash, blunts, the middle finger, cleavage, and six-packs.

Erica Avery's mother, caught for a moment on the telephone, claims her child's online personality doesn't accurately portray her real one. She says Erica was the product of an archetypal nuclear family. "My daughter is not a gangster," says Avery, a handsome woman with long puffy hair. "She comes from a stable household. There were never problems." Erica's 22-year-old sister agreed with a quick comment before hanging up: "We grew up in a normal house with loving parents."

But such proclamations obfuscate a history that's substantially more complicated. Erica's father, Eric Avery, has an arrest record that reaches back to 1994, when he pleaded no contest to four felonies of using a counterfeit credit card. Adjudication was withheld, and he got two years of probation. Over the next decade and a half, he stayed out of trouble, but his proclivity for petty crime emerged once more when Erica was in her early teens.

A towering figure of 225 pounds, he let his hair grow as long as his daughter's. He loved his two daughters — a tattoo of "Erica" in Chinese characters inks his left forearm — but he could scarcely provide for them.

In 2010, after he says he separated from his wife, the Riverside Mobile Home Park in Fort Lauderdale moved to evict him (the case was eventually dismissed). Over the following few months, according to police and court records, Avery piled up a slew of arrests that netted him 12 felony convictions and at least one year in prison.

In April, he walked into a Pompano Beach Publix, pushed $83.60 worth of groceries into plastic bags, and waltzed out without paying. He shattered the back window of a 2006 Chevy Van and lifted out construction tools, a digital camera, and a Garmin GPS unit. He lifted a black-and-white duffel bag out of a darkened house in Pompano Beach. "I had to do what I could," he told police. "We're about to be evicted."

Avery was booted from another place in 2012, and his legal and financial problems ravaged his daughter, who dropped out of high school. In the summer of 2013, she began dating a new boy and spent most days at his house. His brother, Christian Gonzalez, hung out too. As did Patricia.

"Erica and Patricia were together 99 percent of the time," recalls Gonzalez, who says he spent every day with the pair that summer. By now, they were calling each other "twin," and Patricia referred to Erica's father as "daddy" on Facebook. The teenagers filled their time with TV and playing pool, but Erica would drop everything if her dad called.

On July 31, she found out trouble had caught up to him again. Dania Beach Police say they caught him driving a stolen two-door Nissan without a license. When he was pulled over, police claim he admitted that he'd jacked the car in Hollywood and that he had heroin in his wallet. Avery was arrested on felony charges of grand theft auto and heroin possession. (He's pleaded not guilty.)

In August, Gonzalez accompanied Erica and Patricia to the Broward County Courthouse. They squeezed into a row to watch Eric Avery's arraignment. When the realization hit that Avery wouldn't be released, that he faced years in prison, the blond girls wept uncontrollably. "Erica was most upset that they wouldn't let her see him," Gonzalez recalls. "The car ride home that day was long and depressing."

"Erica just went ballistic when her father was taken away," friend Angie Morales says. "She went crazy and started drinking more and smoking more. She didn't care about herself anymore."

Weeks later, Erica moved out of Patricia's house and in with her godfather, who was renting a small two-bedroom in Coconut Creek.

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BlackSharkus
BlackSharkus

Then again, the writer here... You're pretty sick, too. There is no way being a tad high meant they didn't know what was happening.

Lynxx3
Lynxx3

Excellent article. And so sad. I hope Jessica learns something from all this, and makes something of herself. She's got a lot going against her though, at such a young age.  What a bunch of messed up adults. Exactly why I'm Pro-Choice.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

mark the names down and follow the trial


maybe 10-15 years



out in half the time


dems love criminals out on the streets


and they hate good people having guns 



jovasha07
jovasha07

This is the most poorly written article i've ever seen,extremely long,confusing, and misinforming.

jovasha07
jovasha07

This was most  poorly written article i've ever seen.Too long, confusing, just a mess. 7 pages....7 pages?!?!


One thing it did show that I can lightly commend is how lost and easily influenced kids are these days.These kids need Jesus,and no i'm not kidding. 


This generation needs to be careful, the devil is carving out a path of destruction, lose your soul at your own risk, be wise.



heyred51
heyred51

Don't bring Pot into this stupid situation I don't know anyone who has or would even consider a gang rape mainly because they would be too busy eating laughing and sleeping !!!  As far as these girls go if you hang around with trash they treat you like trash !!  That is all!!


Karolina Sucre
Karolina Sucre

I don't think MNT is anti-marijuana and I don't think they talk about pot-smoking to make it seem like it was a bad thing. They talk about it to show that these kids are 14-16, drinking, smoking, and being all around d-bags. This wasn't anti-pot, this was anti-shitty parenting.

James L Moving Jr.
James L Moving Jr.

I'd bang em. They wanna get treated like gangsta sluts, I'll turn them into that.

FloridaLady
FloridaLady

It's such a shame that Jessica is not going to recieve the proper counseling or support. She is more likely to be raped again and to descend further into drug use and depression.  These young kids try to act way too grown...and these parents clearly are deluded and did a shitty job raising these POS teens. All these kids have no guidance, no positive role model and are so lost. Their facebook are such a joke. I hope all these kids get the appropriate prison time.  None of that juvenile detention shit. They knew what they were doing... borderline pyscho these kids are nowadays. 

Eddie James
Eddie James

So Keith, we've been in the Last Days now for what, 7,500-15,000 years now?

zhengsou2014
zhengsou2014

i play the facebook too you can find me langlang2013

Keith Walker
Keith Walker

2 Timothy 3 King James Version (KJV) 3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Brandi Malone
Brandi Malone

South Florida keeps it classy, per usual. This is exactly why I'm getting my kids out of here.

Laurie Kirkpatrick
Laurie Kirkpatrick

So sad. Had to be in Hollywood though all these fucked up people come from that hell how.

Josephine Del Papa
Josephine Del Papa

Although we are raising our kids in rural broward now also, there is no way in hell they will even know what boredom means as a teen. If that means traveling every summer, if that means paying for activities and sports, moving across the country - whatever. Too many parents think their kids are more mature than they actually are, and when unsupervised, these things happen.

Josephine Del Papa
Josephine Del Papa

This is not just Hollywood. It's any outskirts town in America. It's worse in areas where there is nothing going on because yes, everyone is bored and get into sex and drugs to cope. No ambition when no one around you is ambitious. I grew up in southern Indiana and my teen years were very much surrounded by this. I've experienced more than I've ever wanted to see, and thankfully left at 18 for a great traveling job, saw the world and gained culture, and now have a very stable married life. To kids like these, there simply isn't a universe outside of the small clique they live in, and parents who are not attentive do not get them they help they need to deal with emotional issues before it escalates. It took years before I could forgive my family and friends, I hated everything about all of their pathetic lives. And I still hate that town I grew up in. This article's details, I think were meant to shock adults, but to anyone who has been a teen in the last 10-15 years, I think it just seems like a normal part of culture that is unfortunately accepted and ignored.

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

Paula obviously never met that kid in College who had strict religious parents. Oh that's right, he partied so hard and rebelliously ditched his responsibilities that he flunked out. Feed Children God's word? No. Feed their brain. Teach them to love to learn. Show them how knowledge is power. Give them better examples of what you can accomplish. Don't give them the rod and toss a book written by delusional men who think it's God's word down their throat. Even if it were divine, it's been corrupted by the natural impurity of man.

Neon Lights
Neon Lights

We need more role models, counselors, and mentors in our communities. At the very least, adults need to stop participating and "liking" fights and sex posted on Facebook. It may be entertaining to you, but it's setting the stage for the youth who will do anything for attention and acceptance. If you won't help, at least don't make it worse.

Paula K Purtle
Paula K Purtle

They have been programmed by the violence in music, games and tv. Feed children Gods Word, give consistent discipline and loving supervision and they won't have time to go bad.

Fernanda Lystedt
Fernanda Lystedt

I don't think their parents should be responsible for that. Each one must be responsible for your own act. In this case, the teens are.

Chris Schaaff
Chris Schaaff

I'd bang both those sloots in the pooper one time

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

Welcome to Hollyhood. Where high school kids goals include "getting fucked up," "getting laid," & treating school like a fashion show / MMA match. You are think weed is the problem? Lol...these kids would drink drano if they thought it'd give them a buzz.

Osmin Head Morales
Osmin Head Morales

This is why u should pull out, cause than u raise little scallys like this

JanCarlos Canaves
JanCarlos Canaves

The problem isn't the alcohol, weed, or the drugs. It's the breakdown of society, specifically shitty parenting.

Carlos Spicy-Weiner
Carlos Spicy-Weiner

These strawberries are gonna enjoy some hard time! White trash at its best

Michael Fiorellino
Michael Fiorellino

to the parents of those disgusting kids...,take a bow, you have failed

Si Romero
Si Romero

I saw these animals on tv the other night... Now crying n acting innocent. Pfft... Too late! What r their parents doing that they havent realized the disgusting neanderthals theyve raised?! I hope they do the MAX allowed by law and that the parents r sued for EVERYTHING they have or hope to ever get! Pay attention to what ur raising ppl!!!

Steve Klare
Steve Klare

This really is sad...Also a very good case for Not making Marijuana Legal....Seems as the Dope is all over this story.

Andrew J. Herrero
Andrew J. Herrero

Dude, stop posting about this awful story before it turns into a Lifetime movie.

GodHelpThisMess
GodHelpThisMess

This is one of the most disgusting things I have ever read about. These are just KIDS, still in high school, not old enough to drive or make their own decisions. For Christ's sake, they started smoking marijuana and posting about it at the age of 14! At the age of 14, I was still going to parties with bounce houses! Do I blame only the kids? No, the parents also had rather destructive lives. But someone should have reached out a long time ago to help those kids. And now they are all suffering. I think this generation of kids is so messed up. Since when is it okay to post about your destructive decisions on social networking sites? What does that do for you? This is sad, disturbing, and truly nerve-racking. Let's hope and pray that these won't be the same kids taking care of us when we're old.

BlackSharkus
BlackSharkus

@Lynxx3  Learns a valuable lesson from having a horrible tragedy like rape happen to her... You're fucking sick.

KimberlyWillay
KimberlyWillay

You are part of the problem.   This attitude.  Even though the girls you are talking about are criminals it is this "I'd bang em" mindset that has young men just like you pulling the kind of moves that Jayvon Woolfork did. 


Jayvon Woolfork probably said he wanted to "bang" one of them too. 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...............why not read books or ride a bike or go just go walking or how about take a job as a volunteer somewhere in a hospital or school or library

only boring people get bored

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

..........these kids are NOT intended to be re-habilitated because the JUDICIAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX makes too much money off of these kids

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

............sorry but these clowns are too far gone....i see them on the public city buses all the time and they don't even have respect for their own people, old people people with babies STAND and struggle with their packages and carriages and NOT ONE of these animals ever lifts a finger or gives up his seat

i agree some never had a chance but we need animals to feed the zoo of a judicial system we have - no ?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...........these kids parents had them so that the parents qualified for free government support and cheeze and obamaphones and section 8 housing assistance and welfare

not that those parents wanted kids - not to raise but to use - they wanted the financial benefits the government provides for having children

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

....................you mean parents are not responsible for their kids ?  so the government should pay to raise these kids ?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...................its drugs

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

....................you will never see SHARPTON or JACKSON drag those parents in front of the TV

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.............................we should just give them HOODIEs and let them loose in DAVIE one evening and that would be the end of this 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

............................the drugs abused at such an early age GUARANTEES no return as their bodies and minds are GONE for good

they will never be able to concentrate or absorb anything mentally useful and disintergrate into animals - i see it everyday, young kids who could care less that they shit their pants or have no shelter simply wandering around for more drugs

 
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