Violence between girls up by 70%
154 cases of girls violence in schools last year

School yard fights have always frequented the playground; however the increase in girl fights and the degree of violence between girls is now concerning many experts.

The recent incident at Wadalba Community College on the Central Coast, NSW of a playground encounter which left one 14 year old girl with a broken nose and fellow students disgusted at the level of violence is only the tip of the iceberg.

The headmaster’s response was to request that all students delete any video taken of the incident so that it did not end up on YouTube.

Australian author of “What’s Happening to our Girls” and Generation Next speaker Maggie Hamilton said “the problem we now face is that the ability to ‘kick arse’ in any situation has become a symbol of girl power, further blurring the lines between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. We need to get girls to understand that violence isn’t a sign of power”.

She continues “violence is a learned behavior, which is now reinforced by a steady diet of violent movies and video games, where the female heroines are sexy and extremely violent. Part of their sexiness lies in their ability to bring others down”.

Girls are now taking to the same weapons which have traditionally been the domain of boys. They include knives, broken bottles and sticks. The attacks themselves have also become more intense with kicks to the head and stomach, bruising and broken limbs.

Girls are also now more inclined to continue the violence outside of the school gates with stalking, revenge attacks and threats to staff.

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures show physical attacks involving girls have risen at the rate of nearly 15% a year since 2005, yet the level of boys violence remains “stable”.

In 2009, 154 violent incidents in schools involving high school girls were reported to police, compared with just 89 in 2004.

The increase in violence that teenagers see in our society today both through the media and video games and abuse they are experiencing within the family unit is adding to this increased aggressive behavior by girls. By the time teenagers reach 18 years old it is estimated that they will have seen around 200,000 acts of violence. This includes 40,000 murders on the news and in films.

It is no wonder that in this social climate both girls and boys are becoming desensitised to the consequences of these acts of violence.

Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.

Source: Daily Telegraph. Maggie Hamilton