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Wednesday, January 17

Girls gone wild on Long Island


Newsday: Three teenage girls [13 and 14] from North Babylon High School who videotaped themselves kicking and punching another girl and then posted the attack on the Internet were arrested yesterday by police who used the widely circulated video to help catch them, Suffolk police said.
These girls kicked the hell out of an 8th grader. Apparently they were very proud of it, because it was videotaped and appeared on YouTube, Photobucket and MySpace. I watched the video on the news. You can watch it here if you want. The victim told no one about it though.

The commentator on the news last night suggested that this was over a boy but that was not confirmed by Newsday. The attackers were talking about dropping Chinese food in the video. According to this mom, this is a new disturbing trend.
"It's disturbing," said one parent with a student at the high school, who declined to be named. She said it wasn't the first time students had posted a violent video online. In another case, a girl was stripped naked, she said. She said they call the fights "hopping people. "

"These kids go around doing this, on the regular," the mother said. "They're in the cameras, like they're celebrities. That's the most disturbing thing of all of this. "
And in another Newsday story Kids' new pastime: videos
Anthony Colleluori, a criminal defense attorney from Woodbury, said he has seen some cases where getting caught is part of the plan.

"There's some credibility to having been busted with your posse," he said.

Colleluori said some teens are even savvy enough to make money by selling footage of their violent videos.
It's very disturbing indeed, but not all that surprising when you consider what kids see grown ups do, such as the bush administration.

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