KAMLOOPS, B.C. — A disturbing YouTube video of three girls fighting within a circle of students has resulted in three suspensions and a promise from school district officials in the B.C. Interior that more will be disciplined.
Among those who could face discipline are the person or persons who shot the video, titled Nicole Vs. Taylor Bitch Fight, and posted it to the website.
But school district Supt. Terry Sullivan said Wednesday that task could be difficult given how easy technology makes it to shoot and upload video.
“We’ve dealt with the three combatants,” Sullivan said.
“If there’s anybody promoting these incidents, we deal with them. And we also deal with anybody who has posted the video.”
The fight involved students from South Kamloops secondary and Thompson Rivers Education Centre.
It occurred during the noon hour Tuesday and attracted students from several schools, said Sullivan.
The 31-second video, which was posted by someone with the username cuzimabrunette, shows dozens of teens standing in a circle around two girls who are about to fight.
A boy in a yellow shirt appears to be some kind of referee.
A third girl charges in and pushes one of the combatants into the other, sparking the fight.
The third girl joins the fray and throws several punches as the crowd rushes in and some take pictures with cellphones.
The brawl was over by the time South Kamloops principal Cale Birk and his staff heard about it. Birk said students were filtering back to their vehicles or walking away when he arrived.
A concerned parent whose daughter attended the fight and showed him the video phoned RCMP.
Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said police have looked into the matter but it would be difficult to pursue criminal charges as the fight was agreed upon and no one involved has made a formal complaint.
“They’ve agreed to fight. There’s not been an assault committed if two people agree to a fight,” he said. “But we’ve still got inquiries to do on this complaint.”
What’s disturbing to Learned is the fact that a group of youths stood by and recorded the dust-up for their own entertainment, then posted to the Internet to entertain others.
“This is something that is more bothersome in terms of what the thought process is,” he said.
Sullivan agrees, adding the district contends with about four or five similar incidents a year, and it’s not just Kamloops.
Two teenage girls from Nanaimo, B.C., were charged in April over a beating that was filmed and posted on YouTube.
In that case, RCMP said five 13- and 14-year-old teen girls were involved in what appeared to be an attack on one girl outside a mall that was videotaped and viewed by hundreds before it was removed from YouTube.
Investigators said the video showed a girl being punched in the face and then repeatedly kicked after she falls to the ground while at least 20 other people, mostly youth, watched.
Two teens finally stepped in to stop the attack.