Last week a large fight broke out between teenagers at a Buffalo Wild Wings
restaurant in Bainbridge. According to witnesses at the scene, the fight
started between two female high school students and their friends then
This fight is the third brawl to occur in the area in less than a month.
Similar incidents occurred at the Valley View Cinemark and Beachwood Place,
and video of all three fights was posted online almost immediately after.
While the teenagers involved in the three separate fights insist that the
similarities are coincidental,
Attorney Ian N. Friedman and others believe that that the incidents are connected and that the
teens are using social media to stage the fights in public places.
"They're doing it for attention," Attorney Friedman told
Fox 8 Cleveland. "The second this fight happens, they're putting
it online to get acknowledgement and praise from others, and that's
a very scary sign for the future."
Fight Participants May Be Seeking Internet Notoriety
After hundreds of teenagers were involved in the brawl at the Valley View
Cinemark earlier this month, Attorney Friedman told WKYC Channel 3 that
these fights could indicate a trend of young people seeking to create
fear and chaos to get online attention.
"What the kids are going for is shock value," Attorney Friedman
explained. "If they now know that they have an outlet to get online,
what's going to happen next?" Police stated that the YouTube
user that posted video footage of the Bainbridge fight also posted videos
of the fights at Valley View and Beachwood Place.
While the teenagers may be seeking to find fame on the internet, these
fights put innocent bystanders at risk of serious injury. Bainbridge Police
told Fox 8 Cleveland that they plan to file criminal charges against the
participants, and hope that this will deter similar incidents from occurring
in the future.
For further information about the Bainbridge fight follow coverage from
Fox 8 Cleveland
. Learn more about the previous incidents by reading our post:
Beachwood and Valley View Brawls – Were Teens Seeking Attention?