RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) - Bullying incidents and fights are no longer just happening on campuses, or on the way to and from school.
They are being posted on the internet, for anyone and everyone to see.News Four’s Shelby Sheehan wanted to know what type of impact these violent posts have on the victims and the people who put the video out there.
These days it’s not hard to find fights and bullying caught on tape. News Four has bullying video from a school bathroom in a rural Northern Nevada town. We found video from a Reno neighborhood where students are easily identified wearing school uniforms.
And a fight from the outskirts of Fernley, where more than a dozen students gathered to watch and record.
"There are a lot of kids recording it and nobody is trying to stop it and that's sad."
Washoe county school police Chief Mike Mieras says the district is well aware of what's being posted online.
His officers monitor social networking sites and investigate incidents that are reported to them.
And it doesn't have to be on campus for disciplinary action to happen or criminal charges to be filed.
“If it's a thing where it's to and from school, where schools still have jurisdiction over them or at a school sponsored event, football game, or soccer game, parking lot, we do go back to the schools… schools do suspensions and deal with it also.”
But what about the students who are on the receiving end of the punches or bullying.
"It is really devastating to these kids."
Child social worker Denise Diaz says knowing a video is out there, makes it all the more difficult to heal from an incidents like this.
"There isn’t an end to this, once you post something online, it's there forever and so everybody can look at it at any time."
And a startling statistic, Diaz says cyber bullying victims are twice as likely to attempt suicide.
"They are targets at school and online."
They often feel isolated and hopeless, feeling like there is nowhere to escape the harassment. Diaz and Chief Mieras both emphasize how important it is for parents to check and see what websites their children use and what they are posting on line. They say social networking is not a diary or a journal and parents shouldn't feel like they are being too nosey.
Repercussions from online bullying or fighting can last a lifetime for the victims, but, not only the victims. It could have a lasting effecting for people on tape and behind the camera.
Chief Mieras said, "Do they know it's going to happen or help arrange it and say I'll film while it happens, yes we could look at them for charges also."
Mieras says even if someone does not get into trouble with the law or their school for posting these types of videos, employers often check social networking sites and google when they are looking to hire someone to learn about their character.