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After-School Fight Ends 10-Year-Old Girl’s Life, Homicide Investigation Begins

After-School Fight Ends 10-Year-Old Girl’s Life, Homicide Investigation Begins

 

Yesterday a teenage boy opened fire at his suburban Cleveland high school killing one student and wounding four others. The boy was considered an outcast by his peers and had apparently been bullied by his classmates.

In a school in Long Beach, California another school tragedy has taken the life of another student far too soon, that of 10-year-old Joanna Ramos.

After school at Willard Elementary School, Ramos was involved in a fight with an 11-year-old classmate in an alley near the school over a boy. Some friends tried to stop the fight, but were held back by boys who were watching.

“They took off their backpacks, and they put their hair in a bun, and then that’s when they said ‘go’ and that’s when they started hitting each other,” said classmate Maggie Martinez, who watched the fight.

There were no weapons involved in the fight and Ramos proceeded to her after-school program after the fight ended. After complaining that she didn’t feel well, she was picked up early by a relative. Later that night she was vomiting and complained of a headache. Ramos was eventually rushed to the emergency room where she underwent surgery for a brain blood clot.

The young girl did not make it. According to the coroner’s report she died of blunt force trauma to the head. Ramos’ death has since launched a homicide investigation.

What strikes me most about this incredibly tragic story is how many lost opportunities there were to intervene and stop the fight. There were several onlookers at the fight – any of whom could have ran to tell a teacher at the nearby school or call an adult. It also seems like the fight was premeditated so there could have been opportunities prior to the fight to tell someone what was going to happen.

In fact, according to the Press-Telegram one of the girls’ classmates had told a teacher that the girls had been fighting over a boy and she said she would talk to them Monday. Little did the teacher know that it would be too late.

What does Ramos’ death teach us?

We need to teach kids that turning to violence in a fight is incredibly dangerous and carries heavy consequences. Kids also need to learn how important it is to tell a trusted adult if they know a fight is going to happen and school staff need to take these reports seriously and act swiftly. Sharing that kind of information could save someone’s life. It could have saved Ramos’ life.

While statistics find that boys engage in physical bullying more often than girls I think this trend is changing. As someone who works with teenage girls on a daily basis I see how often girls turn to violence to solve their problems with other girls. Lashing out aggressively in physical fights is not exclusively an issue among boys. It is something girls engage in as well.

What do you think? Is girl-on-girl violence on the rise?

 

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1:20PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

Parents no longer act like parents; educators no longer have legal rights to discipline in lieu of parents...and we're surprised that our children act more and more like rabid animals? No one wants children abused. No one wants excessive punitary discipline. There is such a thing as too much discipline and punishment. However, the other end of the spectrum is also wrong. If no one disciplines, if no one parents, then children have no one to teach them the bare minimum that we all agree is right or wrong. Violence as a means of solving disagreements is wrong.

12:50PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

This is tragic!! The boy they were fighting over was probably playing them off each other and now - one girl is dead and the other one will always blame herself. Too, too sad.

1:32AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Even if the actual numbers aren't up, the level of violence definitely is. I swear these kids are acting out worse, and parents are letting them be that way.

11:50PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

this is a very tragic mistake made by both girls but i hope the 11 year old does not have this ruin her life as it will stay with her forever

2:43PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

People need to realize that its very serious! I was bullied in Hs I was told every day that I was ugly and stupid! and until I finally had enough and defended myself then they quit! and later on we all became friends I just wish that anyone who is bullied can realize that it really is temporary! but when you are in Hs it lasts a long time . and even in adulthood I still have my insecure moments. But I love the fact that when I go back to my hs reunions I showed them that I made soemthing of myself and that makes me happy! but Bullying needs to be taken very serioulsy and schools do need a zero tolorence towards it. to many times have there been school shootings and look at Coloubine? those 2 went after anybody that moved . so sad!

6:12AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Disgusting.

9:53AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Sadly noted.

9:31AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

I can't believe no one stopped them. And the boys just stood there and watched? Shameful.

8:37PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

I'm in my late 30s and I remember girls fighting when I was in grade school in small town Canada. On more than one occasion one of the 'tough girls' wanted to beat me up over a boy. Thankfully I had some good friends and was able to avoid getting attacked.

Not sure what the answers are.

It's sad these two girls were fighting over some boy and now one girl is dead and the other girl's life is ruined

7:41PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Please. I've not been out of high school that long but I remember watching my best friend beat the crap out of people and having her throw a coke at someone because I was apologizing for something I didn't do just so I wouldn't get hit. Also, I remember being hit, smacked, kicked, and pushed around because I was bullied constantly.

It's not on the rise, it's just people are paying more attention!

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