(PIX11) A YouTube video in which adults repeatedly push two young girls until they physically attack each other is raising disturbing questions about neglect, bullying, bad role modeling.
The clip features a bully in action – the little girl in the white jacket — being encouraged by someone who’s older, and off camera to start a fight with the other little girl she’s facing in the black jacket.
Both girls can’t be much older than nine or 10 years old.
They’re babies pitted against each other like prize fighters, or pit bulls in what is believed to be a New York City park.
The little girl in the black jacket can clearly be heard saying, “I’M NOT HITTING YOU”.
She does not want to fight, but has little choice thanks to the adults who leave few options. A full-on fight breaks out amidst the cheers of a misguided crowd.
Perhaps most disturbing about this story – child welfare officials have been unable to do anything about it.
A spokesman for the city’s Administration for Children’s Services tells Pix11,
“We took a look at the video. We were surprised and very much disturbed by what we saw. But it’s impossible to tell if the people egging on the two young girls are teenagers or adults, where the incident happened – or when. Without someone calling in to report this incident, we have nothing to go on, no names, no addresses – and unfortunately, no report that we are able to investigate.”
If you recognize either of the those two little girls, or recognize any of the older girls voices – pick up the phone and call the NY state child abuse and maltreatment hotline. That number to the statewide central register: 800-342-3720.