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Another street fight in Albany
Another video of teens fighting in the street has been posted online. Albany Police said it happened Monday evening near the corner of 2nd Avenue and Grandview Terrace.
Police said the teens involved left when officers arrived, that no one is being charged right now and no injuries were reported.
But this latest video comes just weeks after another fight showed up online of teens fighting on Henry Johnson Blvd. Police are still investigating and don't know if the two incidents are connected. Albany Police said they are aware of the video from Monday and are using it in their investigation.
"We want to try to identify the kids in the video and try to meet with them, try to meet with their parents and the schools," said Albany Police Officer Steven Smith, the departments public information officer. "The issue is to try and find out why they are fighting and to get to the bottom of it."
Lenny Ricchiuti is the Executive Director of the Police Athletic League. He works with kids and teens in Albany. He said while fights among teens aren't new, the way they spread on social media is. That is why he had heard about the fight even before we showed him.
"Is it being glorified or is it being frowned upon? We need to be talking about it appropriately and engage our youth in these conversations and say this is not appropriate behavior," he said.
And Ricchiuti said that conversation needs to happen as a society, in communities, at school, and most importantly at home. He said he sees first hand that parent involvement matters.
"The kids don't know how to resolve an issue without physically putting their hands on each other and that's a reflection on what's happening at home, what's not happening at home," he said.
Many of the teens in the recent video were young women. Girls Inc. is a local group that works to build confidence and strength with girls. The Executive Director told CBS6 that the group works with young women on bullying prevention and in understanding how posting videos like this can impact their future. It said it has heard of and seen an increase in female violence locally and nationwide.