Caught on Tape: Teen Girls Fight at Philadelphia High School


"We are much more quick to arrest teen girls for fighting than we were 30 years ago," Jones, author of "Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence," said.

Jones said videos like the one from Edison High School make it easier to focus on the girls fighting, and "sensationalizes the idea we have about young women being out of control."

"There are these gender expectations that we're all socialized under, so we all have an idea what it means to be a lady, and a big piece of that is you don't fight...but a lot of these girls grow up in the neighborhoods where they can't be good girls all the time," said Jones.

In tough, poor neighborhoods, fighting can give girls social power against a backdrop of violence resulting from the drug trade, Jones said.

"It's much easier to focus on the girl who fights than to focus on what's making her fight," she said.

Back at Edison High School, officials still don't know what caused the fight. Students and parents told ABC Affiliate WPVI that fighting at Edison High School has become all too common.

"I wouldn't exaggerate, there are a lot of fights here. It's not like this is a bad school, but there are a lot of bad kids in here, it's fights every day," 9th grader Briana Sullivan said. "I was just about to be in a fight today."

An Edison student posted on Facebook that there was another fight at the school Thursday.

A veteran police officer who patrols the Edison High area in the morning and when school is dismissed told WPVI that the school is "off the hook" and there are a number of fights each week.

The officer went on to say "girls are the worst," and problems include an all-girl gang called "The Tinkerbells."

School officials disputed that claim, telling ABC News that "The Tinkerbells" do not exist at the school.

"This is not gang related from anything we've seen from our school police and our principal investigating this," Kemp said.

School district officials said that violence at the high school is down 10 percent from last year.

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