HAMILTON, Ohio – After video of two Hamilton teen girls beating each other surfaced online this week, authorities say they’re investigating the adults heard encouraging them.
The video, recorded in the middle of a lawn on the west side of Hamilton, shows a 13-year-old and 15-year-old violently fighting, police said.
Authorities say a father of one of the girls then enters the scene and begins calling another girl a “cry baby” and encouraging his daughter with statements like: “Hit her harder,” “scratch her eyeballs out” and “daddy’s gonna’ get it too.”
“The department is really concerned about… adults encouraging the fighting behavior,” Hamilton Police Sgt. Ed Buns said. “If parents want to cheer on their children, that’s great. Cheerlead them in sports, cheerlead them to do well in school. No responsible parent is going to cheerlead their children to beat another child up.”
Video of the fight began to spread rapidly on YouTube and Facebook Monday.
Buns said detectives later spoke with the parents of the two girls. Neither chose to press charges.
“Parents of both girls acknowledged that their daughters were involved, and both refuse to complete a crime report for assault or assist in any criminal prosecution,” Buns said.
While assault charges may not be filed against either girl, Buns said authorities could charge the adults in the video with inciting violence.
Buns said detectives will continue to look into the actions of all the adults in the video.
Investigators will also consult Hamilton city officials to decide if charges will be filed and what charges are appropriate.