Boy oh boy, I've got a fire under me and it was just started by the local Fox News station in Boston; I doubt they are alone in their behavior but it was the only one I caught tonight so they get my rage.
At the top of the 10:00 broadcast they reported on a string of fights involving young girls in Lowell, MA. While the story is newsworthy enough and could have been covered in a 30 second recap, they decided to go a step further and repeatedly show the fights between the teenage girls, two of who were only in 8th grade. It was bad enough these fights were caught on camera in the first place and broadcast on YouTube (and subsequently removed because they violated YouTube's policies) but then to show them again, and again, on the nightly news simply disgusts me.
Have we learned nothing in recent years about protecting our children from predators? Should it matter if it's a stranger on the internet that lures our young women away and harms them, or a bully from their own schools doing it in front of a crowd on a sidewalk? Would you opt to show a tape of young girls beating on each other if it wasn't labeled as an "after school" fight?
Did we not learn anything recently from the young woman in South Hadley who was bullied for so long that she finally hung herself in her closet to avoid further humiliation?
Why, why, why, why, why would news organizations disrespect these young girls by showing an already humiliating situation over and over again? They are feeding right into the problem and I am furious every time I see it on TV.
Girls are so vulnerable. They are so frightened, impressionable and fragile. When you literally show their self-respect being beaten out of them by a bully, you leave them with little on which to hang their already beaten down pride. In addition, you sensationalize an epidemic that fluffs the feathers of the already cocky and disrespectful group of terrorists roaming the halls of our schools.
Please stop. I'm begging you. There is nothing in those videos that anyone needs to see. Reporting the story should bring enough attention to the matter. And if it doesn't, then I worry about your viewership that they need to feed off that type of "news" in order to get the point. If YouTube deems it against their policies, so should you!