Teens Filming Fights For YouTube
Teens in West Valley are taking fighting to a whole new level, staging fights and filming them for the internet.
We met with Julie Kramer, a mother of two teenage boys.
Last week, she received a call from one of the counselors at West Valley's Freshman High School campus regarding a fight her son had gotten into.
But this wasn't a spontaneous event -- the fight was planned, and then recorded and uploaded to YouTube under an account entitled WVFIGHTS, adding to a collection of at least other fight videos shot in the Yakima area over the past three years.
"I don't know how hurt kids are getting by this happening," said Kramer, "My son got a broken nose and a concussion, and I'm just... Livid."
Rebecca Zellner is a parent of a high school student, and was outraged teens could find joy in something so violent.
"I just want to scream with rage, because you're seeing these things and people are cheering it on," said Zellner, "Imagine what it's going to do to these kids."
"I just don't see the sense in it," said Stephen Lofgren, who has a daughter in high school.
Kramer says the last set of fights took place at Wide Hallow Creek just a few hundred yards away from West Valley Junior High.
We asked police what can be done to remedy this problem.
"These are fights that are being planned and organized and happening in a designated place, which we need to pay attention to obviously and intervene in," said Captain Rod Light.
"If there's this type of activity that's happening even off campus, we want to work with parents so we can put an end to this unsafe behavior," said assistant superintendent Dr. Peter Finch.
The West Valley School District and the police both admit to being unaware of the activity until the last several days.
Kramer says she is confident something will be done at the school and law enforcement level, but adds, the choice to stop will ultimately fall on those involved in the fighting.
"It's gotta stop, the kids should be going to school to be learning, not being harassed or not wanting to go to school," said Kramer "Now I've got my kids not wanting to go to school because these kids are bugging them."