Violence Among Girls Increasing When I was a boy, girls who fought, punching, kicking, and so forth were considered of the rudest sort. I remember one fight between girls while I was in High School. It took place in a girls toilet and when we heard there was a fight going on everyone gathered around outside to see who it was and what it was about. We are hearing more and more of girls turning to violence these days with an intensity that was uncommon even for boys when I was growing up. Police Chief Jansen Robinson says of the violence that “This is vicious I want to hurt you fighting. It’s a nationwide phenomenon and it is catching us all off guard.” People are seeing the growing intensity of girls settling things, often petty things, with their fists in vicious toe to toe fighting. They are proving what I have long believed, and that is angry females have a tendency to be more vicious than angry males, because they literally lay aside restraint when they go into action. Nationally violence among teenage boys outstrips violence among girls by four to one. But a generation ago the statistics were ten to one. The trend over the course of my lifetime has truly been downhill. Some blame the fact society in general is less civil; others say that part of the problem is the increase in action films with female heroines, like Lara Croft Tomb Raider. Most see the breakdown in the family and church influence upon lives as central to the problem. I am sure that the influence of public education with its social experimentation and teaching of evolution should also be held accountable. Incidences where violent acts are actually encouraged and promoted by parents leads me to believe that we have finally reached the point where we have children being raised by immature people whose only claim to adulthood is the age of their bodies. Phil Leaf, Director for the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence at John Hopkins University says it reminds him of the situation in the novel “Lord of the Flies.” That novel was about children growing up in a world without adults. Today parents are not involved in their children’s lives and when they are there, they are often not providing good role models to their children.
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