High school fight videos glamorized on YouTube, social networking websites


by Ryan Haines
Eagle Editorial Board

In one moment, a blinking cursor waits for a search item. In the next, the number of views skyrockets. Almost instantly, the next viral YouTube video is born.

If you were to search YouTube today, there would be over 5,000 videos that come up in a search for high school fights.

Students all around the world are watching fights and videotaping them to put on the Internet.

5,000 videos just for the search of high school fights on YouTube is a high number. Videos are also posted under other names as well as on other sites. Posting school fight videos is becoming dangerously common in our generation.

There are such an abundant number of these videos floating around that it begs the questions if schools are taking action and if students find it to be an issue.

A study by CBS on the class of 2000 shows that 96% of students do not feel threatened while at school. According to a study by Students Against Destructive Decisions, 23.4% of youth reported that they had gotten into a serious fight at school or work.

After performing a survey of 200 students (three study halls from each grade level) 13% of students surveyed feel threatened by the potential of fights at school, three times the national percentage.

Perhaps these results are higher than the national average because 37% of interviewed students reported that they had been in a fight since they have entered high school. This is a fair amount more than the national average, as well. 83% of the students surveyed said they believe the school’s policy on fighting is enough to prevent or deter future fights from breaking out.

Fights are happening off campus and students are watching them like sporting events. Recently, two students were involved in a fight that took place off campus. The day after, a video was uploaded to YouTube.

Not only did the fighters get in trouble, all of those who were seen watching the fight were punished as well.

For seniors this meant no off campus privileges until the end of the semester along with a handful of detentions. For underclassmen that were seen in the video this meant multiple detentions. Several who got in trouble for being seen in the video were upset that someone had posted it and got them caught. Of course, they have no one to blame but themselves for being at the scene of the fight.

School administration has made it clear that it is unacceptable to post videos or be involved with activities that do not incorporate the values of the school. By being at a fight you are doing both, due to the likelihood that the clip will end up on YouTube or Facebook.

Many students fight for recreational purposes or to see who the better fighter may be. If a fight is going to take place and word gets around when and where, it can really turn into quite a spectacle, especially if a video ends up online.

The problem with such a spectacle is that students are at risk of getting into severe trouble with their school. This includes both the students who were involved in the fight and those watching. All of the videos that are floating around on the Internet that students post after a fight can be used as evidence against those who were involved. And, this does not just apply to students here; it affects all students at all schools.

Students find some inexplicable fascination in recording everything that happens to put it on YouTube or Facebook for the world to see. This is a major generational problem.

Most students do not realize that the punishment for being seen in a video is not just short term. If the video has been placed on Facebook and the college you are applying to happens to see it, the chances are slim that being seen cheering on a fight is going to help your application process.

Our generation needs to realize that nothing good can come from publicly posting things that are frowned upon in our society.

If you really want to watch a fight, go see a professional boxing match. Or maybe a good option would be to go to MTV.com and watch a few episodes of the always entertaining Lucha Libre: Masked Warriors.

If you really want to fight, join a mixed martial arts program. Mixed martial arts is a fun and safe way to fight.