HUDSON FALLS, N.Y. – Police said seven teenagers have been arrested and charged for allegedly luring their fellow students to places, assaulting them, and videotaping the fights.
Authorities said there were three unrelated incidents, involving different groups of teens. All three incidents occurred in May. The first one happened at a teenager's parent’s home.
The second incident took place at a Cumberland Farms gas station and the third happened in a hallway of the high school.
Police said four girls and three boys have been charged. Those involved in the acts are between 13 and 17 years of age.
Authorities said the video was not posted on the internet, but it was traded among friends. Hudson Falls Police Sgt. John Kibling said.
“After the fight, they would trade the video around school further humiliating the victim,” he said. “The victim would then come to school and everyone would have watched the video and be laughing.”
Police said they’re taking the incidents seriously, explaining that at least one of the teens will be prosecuted as an adult.
"The most disturbing thing here is that there really isn't a motivation for at least the students who are recording it, except for the interest in having your own fight video and being the first one to share it with your peers,” Kibling said.
Police are now worried videotaping fights could become a new trend.
“Knowing that a crime is going to occur, recording it when a victim is pleading for help, and then sharing it with your friends is an issue,” Kibling continued. “It’s not only a character issue. It’s a crime.”
Christina Secor said her daughter was one of the teens charged.
“My daughter is one of the girls that fought,” she said. “She was sick of being bullies, and so she took matters into her own hands.”
Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan said fighting should not be used as a resolution.
“This is not the way to handle a situation,” he said. “You need to speak to the school district. That’s how you address the problem.”
Jordan said he has talked with the school district superintendent and police, and they plan to meet in the near future to discuss how they can put a stop to fights and videotaping the confrontations.
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