Teen Girl-on-Girl Fighting Goes Online
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2010 Feb 03
If you thought only men engage in fist fights, you'd be wrong.
News correspondent Whit Johnson reported there aren't any statistics
yet, but experts say there's a growing problem with teenage girls
letting disputes with one another turn violent.
Increasingly, Johnson reported, girl fights are being recorded and posted on the Internet, which can make the problem even worse.
A video popped up on YouTube more than a week ago that showed two teenage girls in a violent fist fight -- with two adults allegedly watching -- and another minor videotaping the entire thing. The fight took place in Baton Rouge, La.
Days later, in Lowell, Mass., local authorities discovered similar videos online.
Leone, the district attorney of Middlesex, Mass., told CBS News, "We
found three different videos posted to YouTube, and it was
female-on-female violence, where young females were fighting in a very
violent way, and being exhorted to do so by friends who were both boys
Leone says local educators report about 80 percent of school fights are now girl against girl, a trend he says is fueled, in part, by the Internet.
Leone said, "They see friends getting a lot of attention from the posting of these violent attacks, and being young and impressionable kids, they figure that's one way of getting attention themselves."
A recent search for "girl fight" on YouTube turned up 267,000 videos.
Experts say the fights can also lead to cyberbullying, as tech-savvy teens look for more ways to torment one another.