BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Mental health experts are now weighing in on a video clip of two adults apparently forcing two girls to work out their differences with their fists.
Doris Dawson, a mental health therapist with Family Service of Great Baton Rouge, said she's sickened by the video of a 12 and 14-year-old beating each other up. She added she's not surprised at the media coverage, but hopes it doesn't drown out what she calls the "core issues."
"How unfortunate this situation is to have occurred in our community at this place in history," Dawson said. "I would like to focus on what I see as displaced anger on the part of the couple and the two young ladies, as well as some of the people in the YouTube video."
Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office compared the brawl to dog fighting. The clip, considered disturbing by many who have watched it, showed the kids punching and slapping each other, eventually drawing blood. Authorities are more concerned about the fact that two adults not only watched, but encouraged the fight.
It happened inside a Baton Rouge garage on Swingalong Drive last week in front of two adults and a number of children. Deputies arrested William and Chanda Parker on Wednesday. Both face felony charges for the fight.
Authorities are investigating the possibility that other fights similar to this have taken place in the area. They encourage anyone who has seen these types of fights to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.