Social Media Page Glorifies Teen Fights; OKC Police, School Officials Concerned
OKLAHOMA CITY - A disturbing Facebook page glorifying violent fights between Oklahoma City teens is going viral, and a lot of these are happening on school grounds.
The page shows dozens of fight videos, and now an investigation is underway.
Although the Facebook page appears to be for entertainment purposes, the videos have Oklahoma City police and school officials concerned.
Participants in each video appear to be willing and ready to fight for no reason at all. The Oklahoma City skyline headlines the Facebook page, and in just two days, it has gotten well over 4,300 likes.
"It's something we do take seriously," said Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow with Oklahoma City police. "We want people to contact the police if they do see behavior like this."
Sgt. Wardlow said, in most cases, these teens are picking a time and location to meet up and fight, which makes a frustrating situation for police.
"Often times, it's difficult to do anything about these situations, because police may be called to the scene," said Sgt. Wardlow. "But as soon as a police car is spotted, the kids scatter and run in every which direction."
More than 40 fight videos have been posted, most of which feature young girls. In fact, in one video one of the girls even references News 9 before the two go at it!
"This is News 9 reporting, and she's been talking s***, and this is why we fighting."
The "About" section simply reads, "Fights in Oklahoma City."
Oklahoma City Public Schools is aware of the videos and is looking into the situation. Meantime, school resource officers across the district are now on alert.
OKCPS spokesperson Tierney Tinnin said in a statement Monday:
"When OKCPS district leadership is made aware of such sites, we work with our building principals and staff members to investigate and identify any students who are involved. Such activity is not tolerated in our school district and is subject to disciplinary action via the district's Student Code of Conduct."
Now, we've learned Tuesday morning the page has been taken down. If you type in "OKC Fights" on Facebook, you can still see the page in the search box, but when you click on it, you're taken right back to your news feed.