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When Parents Want Their Kids to Be Bullies

school bullying

April Newcomb

CBS’s Crimesider reports that a FL mom has been arrested for child abuse after encouraging her daughter to fight another teenage girl.

In video footage of the fight, the mother, April Newcomb, can be heard cheering her daughter on, shouting, “Alright Sara!  Come on, baby.  Let’s go.”  What is this, Fight Club for Kids?

NBC Miami has footage of the actual fight, though they mistakenly list Newcomb as April Newman.  What surprises me most about the footage is not how many kids are watching the fight, nor that the fight was taped, since that sort of thing has been going on for the past few years, but exactly how many kids are video taping the fight is astonishing.  Almost everyone gathered has a video camera of some kind rolling.  And as you can see, there is more than one adult calmly present, waiting idly by, as if they’re simply giving two toddlers a chance to work out who gets to use the shovel in the sandbox.  Except instead, two teenage girls are punching and hitting each other, wrestling on the ground and pulling hair.  What type of parent encourages this sort of behavior?

We know of course that Mean Girls become Mean Moms and this cycle of violence and one-upsmanship perpetuates itself.  But I’m happy that this fight was broken up by the police, and that at least one of the adults present is being held accountable for not only allowing but actively facilitating this sort of behavior.  As of Wednesday night, Newcomb was in a FL jail on $15,000 bond.

Photo: Crimesider

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