Monday, March 18, 2013
It’s difficult to watch the video posted on Facebook of two local teenage girls fighting as other teens encourage the violence. It’s disgusting and outrageous — and it happened in Walla Walla.
It isn’t only the violence that’s sickening, but the ignorance, lack of judgment and outright stupidity of all involved. Comments heard on the video, which was shot in a downtown alley and posted on the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Burger Facebook site, indicate the fight was taped in the hope it would gain attention — go viral — on the Internet.
That it happened is so wrong on so many levels. The brutality fueled by the mob, the disregard for the lives of others and the lack of basic human compassion are just a few of the outrages.
People are heard — even seen — advising the girls how to hurt each other. Over and over a girl is urged to choke out the other girl.
These girls could have been seriously injured or killed. Those involved would be going to prison, their lives — and the lives of their family members — damaged.
This incident isn’t fun and games. It is a crime.
When the police figure out exactly what happened and who is involved — and they will — the participants should be prosecuted aggressively and sent to jail. A strong message must be sent making it clear this type of cruel, bloodthirsty video “show” is unacceptable behavior in society.