It first looks like two teenagers just exchanging words, but things quickly get ugly. Parents were caught on tape watching their children fight, not stopping the punches and even encouraging them to keep going.
Onlookers are dismayed at the bad behavior by the parents that could have them facing charges.
“It’s wrong. It is wrong and they should be ashamed,” said one parent, who wants to remain anonymous. She was shocked when the video was posted on Facebook a few days ago.
During the one-minute clip, you can see the girls outside at a yard. One of the teenagers then starts throwing punches and beating the other girl on the ground, all while the parents cheered and other adults watched.
“Her mother physically pushed her into it,” said one parent. “I know if I was there and kids were fighting, I would break it up. I wouldn’t jump in and bring a pair of pom poms.”
Clinical psychologist, Dr. Greg Sipes, said parents provoking this type of violence among kids can be detrimental, especially at a young age.
“This idea that the adults were actually encouraging, stoking it, that was the part I think was most uncomfortable,” said Sipes. “If, as a parent, you’re teaching your kid the way to resolve these kinds of things is through physically assault, probably when your kid is 18, 19, or 20 years old, that’s all they know. They’re probably going to end up in some trouble.”
Fox59 caught up with one of the girls’ mothers, Shara Ellis. She said she was getting tired of the girl coming to the house and picking on her daughter.
“I told her to handle her business if she was going to start trouble with her,” said Ellis. “I don’t necessarily think [this type of behavior is] appropriate but you can only pick on somebody so much before you’re done.”
They are words that have left one parent to say something needs to be done.
“It broke my heart for both the little girls,” she said. “It kills me. These kids don’t have a chance. They’re not going to have a chance in this world.”
IMPD told Fox 59 the parents in the video could face charges for neglect of a dependent.