People are paying attention. With more than 80 thousand videos of girl fights now on you tube, there seems to be a movement, enough is enough. Some teens are now posting comments about the videos telling these girls they are doing something wrong. One teen said, "You give our generation a bad name." Some
of the postings speaking out against the teens are getting tens of thousands of viewings, a couple over a million.
Eight Florida teenagers stood before a judge Friday for their alleged roles in the beating of 16 year old Victoria Lindsay. All eight are being tried as adults and could face up to life in prison, but now they're also being tried by their peers on the very site where the video was posted. "It's just really sad that someone could be so cruel to someone so viciously cruel to someone, " said one teenager on you tube.
Dozens of teens and parents are creating video messages lashing out at the teens and others responsible for the growing violence on the Internet.
"This is why I'm scared of my generation."
"Have we really lost our values that much? !"
"You're going to beat on another girl over myspace. How freaking pathetic
are you? uh? seriously? and I'm speaking to all you girls out there."
"I think it's terrible and appalling."
"I don't want to see my generation go down like that."
"I think this is a result of the lack of parental control."
When 19 year old Linda Chavez watched the Florida beating on her local news in New Orleans, she was so disgusted she posted a two minute monologue. "I was just shocked I couldn't believe it, This was something that was planned that is what upset me the most. Kids shouldn't be doing these things, so I just had to say something. In 3 days Chavez's posting had more than a million views. "I still cant believe I've got over a million hits. Many of the responses that I have gotten is that I'm so glad, they're glad that I am young and I stand for what I believe in. As Victoria Lindsay continues to recover, 7 of her alleged attackers were bailed out of jail over the weekend, one even by the Dr. Phil Show.
Psychologist Dr. Susan Bartell said, "The kids who are putting these videos up on the sites are getting responses from everywhere in the world. People all over the world are able to see what they're doing and are validating what they're doing. And it's fueling them to fight more, it's fueling them to bring their fights to a higher level."
And some tired of the violence say they just hope it serves as a wake up call for society.
If you haven't seen this video and want to look at it, here you go. It's very disturbing. I talked to my kids' teenage babysitter today about girl fighting. She said she can't imagine anything like that happening here in Peoria, IL. That was a relief to hear. I hope the cases we have heard about on the news lately are isolated instances.