Is Lynn overreacting?
City and school officials in Lynn say they plan to prosecute two freshman girls who fought each other at Cook Street Park and discipline at least 27 other children who watched and did nothing.
The fight became a media sensation and a major embarrassment for Lynn when an eight-and-half-minute video of the incident was posted on a website devoted to girl-on-girl fights and later on YouTube. The video received heavy coverage on local TV stations, with most news outlets blurring the faces of the participants so they wouldn’t be recognized.
Now the question is whether city officials are overreacting by meting out punishments, including criminal charges. The Lynn Item reports students will be disciplined on Monday when they return to English High School after February vacation. The two girls who fought each other are expected to be charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct.
Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy told Emily Rooney on Greater Boston that the fight started when one girl called the other a name. Rooney noted playground fights are not that unusual and said it’s not even unusual for onlookers to gather round to watch. “That’s the way it happens in hockey games,” she said.
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