Guys fighting over a girl.
Saw it growing up.
Girls fighting over a boy?
Heard about it, but never saw it.
Never miss a local story.
Until Thursday, that is.
The YouTube videos of two Palmetto High 16-year-olds scrapping near Emerson Point was an eye-opener.
Not just the fight itself, but what was taking place around it.
What were those mothers thinking?
And what about all those kids filming the fight with camera phones like it was fun and games?
I had my share as a kid.
Except back then, you and the other boy went around the corner, found an isolated spot and settled your differences.
Some fights you won. Some you didn’t. Sometimes you cut your losses and ran.
None of it ever ended up on YouTube.
Or “Inside Edition.”
Or on something called BollyPatrika.com — in India, for crying out loud!
If your mother showed up? Heaven help you.
Mom grabbed you by the ear and dragged you home where you got another beating.
Of course, they can’t do that anymore.
April Newcomb must’ve wished she’d stayed home.
Or taken her daughter home instead of staying at the site and encouraging her to fight.
A daughter who’d suffered a skull fracture two years ago.
No wonder Newcomb ended up getting arrested and charged with child abuse by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
Then there’s the other mom.
She was not named because she wasn’t charged, but she is shown toward the end of the fracas, confronting Newcomb about how she could let this happen.
Couldn’t that mom have done something to stop the fight, instead?
Maybe intervening in a fight between two 16-year-old girls was more than she could handle.
But one of them was her daughter.
Which brings us to their schoolmates — dozens of whom were witnesses to this sorry spectacle.
Several got it all on their camera phones, too.
That video’s a real keeper, all right.
Went worldwide, it did.
Yeah, they should be proud.
I wonder if at least one Palmetto student was among that throng who said to themselves at some point during the fight, OK, enough’s enough.
Let’s break this up.
Somebody’s going to get hurt. Maybe even hurt seriously.
Maybe even killed, God forbid.
They are fortunate nobody did.
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