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Girl fights posted on social media fuels community action

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Plenty of videos of girls behaving badly, throwing punches and fighting are posted all over YouTube.

“Just to get attention… some kids do it just to have fame,” said Dezireme Johnson in an interview with FOX 32’s Tisha Lewis.

Or infamy.

Johnson said she’s been in a fight or two, or three.

“They’re fighting over boys, they’re fighting over jealousy, they’re fighting because they don’t have parent guidance in their life,” said Johnson.

Johnson is a member of girl mentoring group 'Demoiselle 2 Femme' who hosted a community town hall meeting at Kennedy King College Wednesday night.

The goal here? Examining the problem and developing solutions.

“When I joined the group it helped me open my eyes and show me that doing stupidity is not going to help me in life,” said Johnson.

Now, Johnson walks away from fights. Her story garnered a standing ovation.

Demoiselle 2 Femme hopes to tackle the “mean girl” culture exploding in halls, on the streets and online.

“If you’re not concerned about what other people think, what your peers think because you have respect for yourself, you’re concerned about your future, if they have something to look forward to, then it’s not as hard to walk away,” said Monica Plaid, Senior Outreach Specialist.

“I think we have this new culture of narcissistic children who feel the need to take selfies, escalate their mark in their school, in their clicks and this may be the shock value they need to get that type of attention,” said Attorney Daliah Saper.

Saper said those who stay to tape or fight could be considered bullies.

“Maybe you’re not the one throwing the punch but you’re the one video-taping and then posting it, I think that would definitely fall under the various statutes that are works in progress that define cyber bullying,” said Saper.

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