Bullying -- physical and emotional -- is a huge problem in this country. Most adults try to protect our chidren from being hurt. But in a recent video posted online, two little girls (about 9 years old) are actually surrounded and encouraged by adults to fight.
It's sad and horrible.
The video of the two girls fighting, which was originally posted on YouTube and then found by Gothamist, doesn't specify who the people egging the little girls on are so we don't know if any of the chilcren's parents were involved.
We hope not.
The adults say things like "Pull her hair"; "Slap her"; and "Kick her. Just do it!" can be heard from behind the camera. The two little girls just stand there staring at each other at first, clearly not wanting to engage in this. But eventually, one gives into the pressure and pulls the other girl's hair. The girl who's being attacked eventually breaks free and starts sobbing uncontrollably while the grown-ups around her laugh. When she catches her breath for a minute, she asks: "Why are you laughing?"
Gothamist reached out to the person who originally posted the video to YouTube, and unsurprisingly, they haven't heard anything back. They also forwarded the clip on to NYC's Administration for Children's Services, who's currently reviewing it. I pray that whoever was involved with this gets caught. This is an absolutely horrific thing, and these two kids deserve a hell of a lot more.
With adults who encourage behavior like that, how can we ever hope to put an end to bullying for good?
What do you think of this?