|You've seen these two just about everywhere.|
I've used this fight in class with some of our "junior" students - mostly young teenagers - to discuss several important points.
Point 1: This is not a self defense situation. It's mutual combat, about status.
In the longer version of the video, these kids actually stop and pet chickens on their way to their appointed fight. Initially, while the girls are both angry, they are not in "heat of the moment" angry - this is an agreed-upon fight situation.
Once it's fighting time, both girls square up in classic "boxing" stances. Obviously, neither girl is trained, but both have agreed to the fight and re-engage each other multiple times.
Both parties stay engaged in the mutual combat because of fear of losing face and bragging rights. This fight is really about status more than anything else. Neither girl is really fighting "to win" physically, but socially.
Point 2: There aren't any rules in a real fight
Both girls try to claim that kicking and punches to the head are cheap shots. As the girl in the gray pants notes, "It's a fight!".
As much as people want to believe there are rules - there aren't. The goal is to win. If a person is losing, it is very possible that the fight will get escalated further than the participants intended (which happens here).
Expect to get sucker punched if possible, expect to go to the ground, expect to get your hair pulled and eyes poked, expect crotch shots... every "cheap" shot is likely to be used.
Point 3: Girls tend to grab on and pull hair
This happens early in this fight, and if you watch real life fight videos featuring women, you see it happen repeatedly (I don't know why this is - I'd be interested in your theories). being prepared to defend against hair grabs is very necessary if you have young female students, as it is very possible that a fight situation they may find themselves in could involve a female aggressor.
|Both girls grab on to each others' hair|
Point 4: When they say they are going to escalate the fight, believe them
The girl in the black pants, who is losing the fight, threatens to get a weapon (a BB gun). The girl in the gray pants encourages her to do so (believing she won't).
Black pants girl heads for the house to prove she is not bluffing.
|Black Pants Arms Herself|
Black pants has turned this from mutual combat into a very, very dangerous situation. Gray pants goaded her to do it.
Point 5: Environmental weapons - or weapons of opportunity - are always a danger
Black pants girl said she was going for a BB gun, but instead, grabbed a shovel that was just propped against her house. She did not plan this - it was just there, and she used it as a weapon of opportunity.
|Seriously - deadly weapon.|
Point 6: Take the opportunity to stop fighting
There were numerous opportunities for either party to stop fighting.. The fight pauses, they stop and restart engagement multiple times. Either party could have stopped before it got serious. Of course, status and face wouldn't let them - and don't ignore that as a factor, as that can be a very powerful thing.
Finally, gray pants girl is getting the best of black pants girl. Black pants girl has had enough and tells gray pants girl to leave.
Gray pants girl refuses. Shortly thereafter, black pants girl escalates the fight by introducing a weapon.
Gray pants - who has won the fight socially - should have taken that opportunity and left. Instead, she stays engaged (making up a silly reason to do so), and that's the biggest mistake she makes. Additionally, once she's been told to leave - that trespass.
Point 7: Improvised weapons are as dangerous as "real" weapons
Gray pants girl is incredibly lucky that she was hit with the flat, rather than the edge of the shovel.
If it the gray pants girl has been hit with the edge, it is very likely that black pants girl would be on trial for murder. As it was, gray pants girl had to seek medical treatment, apparently for a concussion. As you can see, this is a devastating hit with a deadly weapon.
Point 8: Every fight is a serious situation and may get you charged with a crime
Lots of people have been making fun of this situation, and this video, on the internet. I think this trivializes the seriousness of the situation.
Both girls are incredibly lucky they've only been charged with disorderly conduct. Black pants girl in particular could have been charged with something a lot more serious - honestly, I'm surprised she hasn't been. Gray pants girl also could have been charged with trespassing, I suppose.
In closing, when videos like this go viral, it's likely that your teenage students will have seen them, and you should take the opportunity to use them as a teaching tool.
Did I miss any important points? Tell me in the comments!