On line violence is hitting close to home. According to YouTube,
Fresno is best known for fighting. There are thousands of videos online showing some of the most shocking fights in the valley.
School yard fights are nothing new, but now anyone with a cell phone can record a fight and send it around the world in seconds. Violent and shocking fight scenes from Fresno are being viewed thousands of times, giving Fresno a rough reputation online.
When you search Fresno on YouTube, "fight" shows up as the top result. Bulldog gang, fights at school, and uncensored also make the top of the list. Dr. Eric Hickey is a Criminologist with Alliant International University. He says, "It's the dark side that attracts people to see the reality. This is really happening."
YouTube searches for Merced, Visalia, and Dinuba had similar results, with fighting videos showing up first. The online hits keep coming for some of the most aggressive and shocking videos. The fights may only last a few minutes but they will live forever online. Hickey says, "Later on you go to get a job. Someone says I have video tape of you 10 years ago. That's was a long time ago. Yes, but lets show it to everyone."
Many of the fights are happening on school property. Fresno Unified Officials say fighting on school ground is not allowed. Any students in the videos can be punished, if someone reports the fight to school authorities.