Local students fight for the world to see

By Courtney Lane - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Fighting in schools that ends up online for the nation to see is a growing trend, and East Texas students are a part of it, posting their videos on YouTube.

Click on the video to the right to watch the YouTube footage of the students fighting, but we warn you, the video is violent. Because we don't want to escalate the problem, we blurred out their faces.

One of the videos shows two female students fighting in a bathroom at Robert E. Lee. In another one, you can hear a crowd of Jacksonville high school students, rooting and cheering two boys going at it - on school grounds. Another fight caught on tape erupted at and Lufkin High School's cafeteria. Once again it was captured by a student and uploaded on YouTube. From what some high school students told us, it seems to be everywhere, and districts are left trying to combat the problem.

"[There are] people hitting and like a bunch of people just like crowding around them and people yelling," said one student.

"Literally you can walk around every corner and there's a fight," said another student. "There's just way too many to do anything about it, even though they're trying."

"Part of bullying is the kid that usually is the victim is afraid to speak out cause they don't want the bullying to progress and so we're looking at a way to set up an anonymous tip line to help those kids out," said Jeff Collum with Tyler ISD student services.

TISD said they are trying to increase monitoring, and like other districts, are using YouTube as a tool to catch and punish offenders.