Female Teen Violence Increases
Work With Violent Teens To Resolve Issues
Ohio -- It's not just boys any longer -- violence among
girls is increasing, NBC 4's Karin Hirschey reported.
show one out of four violent episodes are being perpetrated
by teen girls.
for Child and Family Advocacy President Yvette McGee
Brown said violence among girls is a growing problem.
violence is even more violent than boy violence,"
Aaron McCarroll, 14, is recovering from a severe beating
at the hands of four female classmates, two of whom
were allegedly gang members.
was just feet and fists," McCarroll said.
mother, Yvette, remembers the incident well.
dream about it. I still cry about it. It's very scary,"
Yvette McCarroll said.
now hold Aaron McCarroll's jaw together.
when girls enter into violent gangs, they're trying
to prove their reputation. They don't want to be seen
as soft," Brown said.
most of the girls involved in violence come from violent
homes or have been sexually assaulted, and this is their
way of dealing with their pain.
fear is we're losing another generation. We don't need
to fill up anymore prisons," Brown said.
County Juvenile Court has seen an increase in the number
of girls coming through the system, Hirschey reported
For the first
time ever, females needing help through mediation outnumbered
the males. In 2005, 86 girls used mediation, compared
to 70 boys.
offenses, like bodily harm, are sent to court, Hirschey
William Kirby said a third of his cases involved girls.Punishment
is a combination of probation, restitution and counseling.
you don't get the underlying reasons for the anger,
you'll never resolve the behavior," Brown said.
"I did some bad things. I had to go to court. I
was charged with arson," said one 17-year-old female
who did not want her name used.
She is now
taking court-appointed anger management classes through
Directions for Youth. "They teach us how to deal
with anger, like not having to use strong words or fighting,"
the teen said.
work with violent teens to identify triggers that make
them angry and then discuss different problem solving
techniques and set goals.
want to have so much anger. I want to be a better person,"
the teen said.
counseling is giving her a second chance to move forward.
to get out of high school, go to college and have a
good job -- settle down and have kids. So I think about
my future before I act stupid," the teen said.