Savage beatings against adults by teenage girls were not commonplace a couple decades ago. Fast forward to the iPhone, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram era, where you can sit and watch hours of random beating footage on YouTube, much of it younger girls beating other girls. The internet videos depicting violence may have desensitized us to some extent. Are we all ruined after watching the twin towers fall on 9/11, seeing thousands die in seconds on live TV? Whatever the reason, it cannot be explained why a group of young teenage girls felt the need to attack a mother who was simply defending her daughter from said girls who were bullying her very young daughter. In the clip below, we see a mother (in the white shirt), protecting her daughter (in the pink shirt). The other girls are the teenagers who have purported to bullying the daughter. After a heavy verbal exchange, some of which is muddled and hard to understand, the mother is seen trying to get her daughter away from the teens. This leads to a one-on-one fist fight between the mother and one of the teens (in a black top). From there, the situation escalates into a full out assault by the teenage girls. If this weren’t enough, the entire beating was being captured on camera phones by several men standing against the building behind them.
There was no attempt to stop the fight, or do anything except watch and record what was happening. This is just one example, among hundreds that you can find on Youtube, of senseless violence occurring almost as blood sport. Maybe this violence has always been present but we never heard about it because the technology wasn’t there yet. Either way, this actually happened. It tells us about who we are. It shows us where our values are. It reminds us that in today’s culture, it is more important that a savage beating be captured and published online, than people treating each other and themselves with respect and dignity. We don’t have the whole story here, but images like these beckon many questions that should be asked and answered of ourselves as a human race, and as Americans.