Lafayette

Sep 28, 2011 11:13 PM by Maddie Garrett

Police: School Fights Increasing, Facebook to Blame

School fights and arrests are on the rise in Lafayette Parish schools. But who's fighting, and why, might come as a surprise.

Acadiana High School Sophomore Kenneth Munoz said he's seen more fights this year at school, and said it's mostly girls starting trouble.

"Negative comments really. It's mostly females, like boyfriend drama," he said.

Scott Police report A.H.S. has had about 20 arrests since school started, and some schools are seeing even more incidents. But the arguments aren't starting on campus, they're starting on sites like Facebook.

"Well Facebook really is an easier way for them, they think, to comment on things and think they can't get in trouble for it. But then they come to school and fight," said Munoz.

Scott Police Chief Chad Leger meets with school resource officers once a month to discuss problems they're seeing at Parish schools. He said all officers agree Facebook is becoming a breeding ground for school arguments.

"One of our biggest problems we're seeing right now is the freshman class of females, we're having more female fights than males right now," said Leger.

A.H.S. Principal Nicki Broussard said while they're actively working to stop the problem on campus, it's up to parents to monitor what their kids do online.

"We need to first educate the parents, make them aware of what's going on and we need for them to actively be our partners," said Broussard.

Broussard also said a strict protocol is followed when fights or online misconduct is reported.

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