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Ten-second school fights a concern

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Tenn. (FOX13) -

It's a simple game, but one which could come with serious consequences Ten-second staged fights are the latest craze on social media for teens.

The fights are even taking place in the Mid-South. Teens say their peers are setting up what they call "10-second fights at schools, at grocery stores, at restaurants, anywhere.

To them, it's fun, but what they don't understand it doesn't take  long for a lot of damage to be done.

One 10-second fight video was recorded during an incident at West Junior High School in Fayette County, Tenn. Though it's disturbing for most adults teenaged boys who attend Fayette-Ware High School said it's not alarming at all.

"It's happened anywhere really," said one teenager. "If you're just hanging out with some friends and you want to fight, you can just be like, 'you want to go 10?'"

Going 10, or 10-second fights are when two kids agree to battle for bragging rights.

"Basically, it's when two people are mad at each other or two people that are friends, and they just want to figure out who can fight," said another teen.

"Guys just like to be aggressive. It's just fun to us," another teen said.

But it's not fun at all for principals, like West Junior High School Principal Dr. Walter Owens. He says three staged fights took place Tuesday at his school, one outside of the building and two in the bathroom.

Dr. Owens says he's disappointed a group of his students who are friends took part in this dangerous gladiator-type game.

"This incident has been taken care of," Dr. Owens said. "We've taken disciplinary action to make sure they understand this is not appropriate and we're not going to tolerate this type of action at West."

Video cameras in the hallways at the school help cut back on fighting, but students still find ways to fight on or off campus, Dr. Owens said.

Ten-second-fights have no-rules and can go an extra round teens told FOX13 News.

"Next thing you know, it's going more than 10 seconds and it gets really out of hand," one teen said. "Everybody has to break it up."

No matter how long or short the bout Dr. Owens is concerned that his students don't realize how dangerous these fights can be.

"Fighting in a bathroom, or fighting on concrete, someone could fall, hit their head and cause some serious damage, maybe even death," Dr. Owen said.

Dr. Owens recommends parents look through their kids cellphones to see what they've been recording or sending out to their friends. Ask your teen a lot of questions and talk to them about fighting.

The group of kids involved in Tuesday's fights at West Junior High were punished with in school suspension.

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