BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A violent internet video is raising concerns in Buffalo. Did a caught-on-camera fight stem from bullying?
The video is graphic. Two pre-teen girls get into a street brawl with each other, and both say they are victims of bullying. The fight was recorded and sent to YouTube and now it is making its way around the internet.
The video has already been seen by hundreds of people. The fight took place in a park near Pennsylvania and 4th Street in Buffalo. The two west side girls can be seen beating each other, and one girl has her head repeatedly smashed into the ground.
Astrid Arroyo's daughter is wearing the yellow shirt in the video. She appears to be defending herself from her attacker.
"She's being bullied by other kids. The video is being put out on Facebook, sent to other kids everywhere and they're bullying her, you know? They're happy that she, you know, got hit," said Arroyo.
However, Rosalia Lorenzo, the mother of the accused attacker, claims it is her daughter that is bullied, saying her daughter was being spurred on by kids standing around.
Lorenzo's daughter said, "It was wrong, but the girl, she ran after me. She hit me, so I'm not going to just let her swing me by my hair and punch me. I have to defend myself; I hit back."
"Well, I don't think that's right. But like I said, I wasn't there," said Lorenzo.
But there were many other people there. They were standing around watching as a girl recording the fight tells them to move out of the way of the shot. Bullying expert Dr. Janice Delucia-Waack says these bystanders could have been helpful.
"The bystanders are really critical in this piece. Most of the time when they intervene, the bullying stops," said Dr. Delucia-Waack.
With a video posted online, the world is watching. University of Buffalo web strategist Rebecca Bernstein says videos like this may never disappear.
Bernstein said, "Even if you take it down, it's never gone. You know the internet is recorded for posterity. People download things, there's internet archive copies that grab things."
"Here I thought it was a safe place for her to be. My house and the park are right here, but I never thought something like this would happen," said Arroyo.
The video was removed from YouTube Tuesday afternoon. Still, Arroyo says she's waiting for a call from the District Attorney's office about potentially pressing charges against the accused attack. Buffalo Police say no report has been filed at this time.
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