Around the Florida and the nation, police and parents are seeing a growing trend for teenage girls to settle disputes with their fists. According to statistics, one out of every four episodes of teen violence is perpetrated by teenage girls, up from just a generation ago when it was one and 10. The Justice Department said that it is not just boys anymore but violence among girls is increasing.
In Winter Haven, Florida, two teenagers were accused of beating a girl in a fight and posting the fight online. The alleged perpetrators were Walter Bouiye, 18, of 1695 Marshall Road and his 16-year old sister. Bouiye was booked Wednesday into Polk County Jail and charged with child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His sister was charged with battery and taken to the juvenile detention center; the police withheld her name because she is a juvenile and charged with a misdemeanor-level crime. Of course, any person including a juvenile charged with a crime will be entitled to defend himself or herself against the charges through the legal representation of a Florida criminal defense lawyer or the services of the Public Defender’s office.
The incident occurred on Monday about 4:30 p.m. on Marshall Road when the brother and sister approached the 14-year-old victim in the neighborhood. According to the police, Bouiye’s sister and the 14-year-old began to fight over a boy. Bouiye jumped in and punched the 14-year-old in the head, and then at one point kicked her on the right side of her face, police said. Someone broke up the fight and the crowd ran away as the police arrived. Officers were able to identify the brother and sister through witnesses at the scene, but the video of the fight online also helped.
Increasingly girl fights in Jacksonville and nationwide are being recorded and posted on the internet, which can make the problem even worse. Experts say this can also lead to cyber bullying. Jerry Newberry, executive director of the National Education Association Health Information Network, said, “The problem with anything on the Internet is that it’s not a one-time incident. It doesn’t happen in the hallway; it gets recorded over and over and over.” Educators and police say that although images of teen fighting on the internet have become more common, effective solutions are hard to find. For more information on this topic, see teens arrested for beating Winter Haven girl in attack that was posted online.