School & Police Looking At “Batavia Fights” Facebook Page

March 10, 2012 Updated Mar 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM EDT

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School & Police Looking At “Batavia Fights” Facebook Page

March 10, 2012 Updated Mar 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM EDT

BATAVIA, N.Y. ( Reported by: Sean Carroll Email: scarroll@13wham.com )

Batavia Police Detective Todd Crossett tells 13WHAM News that he was made aware of the video by 8 a.m. Friday morning after calls from the school district brought it to his attention.

Det. Crossett contacted Facebook through an avenue designed to help Law Enforcement and informed the company about this "Batavia Fights" Facebook Page. It was removed from Facebook by 11 a.m. Friday.

"To me it appeared more offensive than illegal," Det. Crossett said while also adding that he'll continue to work with the school district as the investigation unfolds.

Det. Crossett does confirm the fight seen in the video occurred on the steps of the Batavia Middle School and his understanding is that it took place after school on Thursday and was posted to Facebook later that evening.

The possibility of a site like this encouraging more fights and inviting online bullying of the girls involved in this fight were among the concerns Det. Crossett had with it remaining online.

ORIGINAL REPORT BELOW:

Batavia, N.Y. --- On Thursday a new Facebook Page went online called “Batavia Fights” and it reportedly included video of a two girls fighting each other.

The Batavia City School District became aware of this Thursday evening and along with police began to investigate immediately according to Deputy Superintendent of Schools Christopher Dailey.

Dailey tells 13WHAM News that the student who posted this video online was identified and, along with that student’s parent, has been cooperative throughout this process. The video and Facebook page were taken down late Friday morning.

AM-1490 WBTA in Batavia includes a screen grab and video of the fight in its report. WBTA has concealed student’s identities and reports that the fight seen in the video was “purportedly on the steps of the Batavia Middle School.”

When asked Deputy Superintendent Dailey said he could not confirm that since he had not seen the video.