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Mean Girls: A WAFF 48 Investigators Report

By Robyn McGlohn
WAFF 48 News Reporter

 

The nation is fascinated by girls fighting other girls -- whether it's during or after school, there always seems to be someone to capture it on camera.

It's the hottest, shocking, and some say the most vile sensation hitting the virtual world.

Girl-on-girl fighting is happening in schools, like this fight in the parking lot of Albertville High School.

In front yards, like this one in Hazel Green. It attracts thousands of viewers, itching to see hair pulling, face-punching and cat fights.

17-year old Starr Jaeffreys and 18-year-old Erin Ward attend Huntsville High School.

"We've had the worst of the worst kind of with the hair being pulled out, earrings flying everywhere, but it's not common, it's not like an everyday thing," said Huntsville High student Starr Jaeffreys. 

In Florida, six girls were arrested recently after ambushing a fellow cheerleader.

[Being a cheerleader, it's like a sorority, they do things and if you do not participate with them you're not really accepted in that group anymore," she said. 

Acceptance. Psychologist Dr. Frankie Preston says that's what it all boils down to.

"Group affiliation will to some extent dictate individual behavior," Preston said. 

He says groups can be prone to violence. And girls fight to maintain a certain status. 

"It's more like 'queen bee' status, it's just to see who's top of the social status, who can dominate the other."

"When that kind of thing goes on they will try and pull out their phone and get it on video then go home and put it on myspace or facebook," said huntsville High student Erin Ward.

You can contact Robyn at rmcglohn@waff.com

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