FOX Files: Illinois Teens On Tape, Fi...

FOX Files: Illinois Teens On Tape, Fighting For Fun

There are 411 comments on the Fox2Now story from May 25, 2010, titled FOX Files: Illinois Teens On Tape, Fighting For Fun. In it, Fox2Now reports that:

The Fox Files traveled to Salem, IL to ask kids about an online video showing spectators surrounding a bloody fight.

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cchapman

Centralia, IL

#1 May 25, 2010
Can't believe this is all the "news" Chris Hayes could find to report on. Why not do a story on the 1000 teenagers that came to The Silver Ring Thing held at the high school a few months ago? Or the service project that will be happening later this summer that will involve local teens helping those in need. Or the opening of the new Aquatic Center this weekend. This is not a good representation of our town. Next time please interview more people. I certainly did not know it was going on and certainly don't think its okay.
concerened citizen

Saint Peter, IL

#2 May 25, 2010
that mother should be ashamed of herself when something tragic happens to her son where he is not able to be doing what kids should be doing!! dont come running to the communiy for help and support!! I am a member of this community and have 3 little girls and it scares me to think of what parent would allow this to go on!!
tater

Centralia, IL

#4 May 25, 2010
I must say that I watch channel 2 news about every night at 9pm. Tonight when you guys teased the salem story at the top of the hour you had a HUGE buzz on facebook! Everyone was watching, and I must say you guys FAILED big time. Now if you do not know anything about Salem IL you would think that the whole town is like the woman you inteviewed, that could be farther from the truth. Salem and Marion county in general is a family friendly rural place to raise a family and not get caught up in the bright lights of the big city. Now I am not going to go on and on about the town that I call home, but I would challenge channel 2 to come to Salem and do a newstory on a positive matter taking place in our town. I think it would be alot easier to find something like that than to do a story that was done tonight.
mother of three

Salem, IL

#5 May 25, 2010
I live right across the street from the park, I have three children ranging in ages from 11 to 17 and I have never heard or seen anything like this at the park or around our town and none of my children or any of the children I have talked to know anything about this. I would just like to say that I do not have the same feelings that this mother has. I dont feel that kids will be kids, if parents would just be parents then things like this wouldnt be happening. If this did occur I don't feel that this is what we should be focused on. We invite you back to Salem the week of July 12 - 16th when we have youth invasion and see what other kind of teens and parents we have here in Salem I am sure there will be plenty of kids and parents around that week for you to interview. If you would like more information about youth invasion contact any of the area churches I am sure they would be happy to share with you.
Unanimous

Alton, IL

#6 May 25, 2010
I live in Salem and I have never seen this happen. It is by no means "common," and it is disgraceful that Salem was given a bad name because of a few ignorant kids trying to show off for their friends. Also, that mother is crazy if she thinks that's the worse thing her son is doing. If he's doing something as irrational as fighting with someone just for fun, there's no telling what else he's doing. If this is the best news you can find, maybe you should take a break. Many more important things are going on in this country.
Lindsay

Salem, IL

#7 May 25, 2010
I think this is very stupid of you people to be putting this on TV its not just in SALEM that this happens this happens every where. You made the town of Salem and everyone who lives here look stupid. This is such a big deal that there are facebook groups being made about how stupid it was for fox 2 news to be putting this on TV and to just narrow out Salem. Maybe you should just look in your our back yard and see that it is happening there too. Do not just make one small town look stupid in front of thousands of people. I hope you all feel really bad for what you have done. & there was no need for this to be put on TV anyways. Think next time before you put something like that on TV. It was very rude!!!!!
previous high schooler

Fairview Heights, IL

#8 May 25, 2010
I just graduated from Salem High last year, and I have to say, as much as I love Salem, this IS very common. Almost every day if the weather is nice, you can drive through the park and see some kids going at it after school. Most of the kids that do get in fights feel exactly the same way as the story depicts. Yes, there are plenty of other things that Salem does that are a better representation, but this kind of behavior is accurate and common.
lifelong Salem resident

United States

#9 May 25, 2010
I have lived in Salem, IL my entire life. The town portrayed in this "news" segment IS NOT the town I am proud to call home. My 14 year old did not know anything about "fighting for fun", nor did my older child who is 23. I do not know any parent who would condone fighting. The story was biased and dead wrong. Shame on you.
Lindsay

Salem, IL

#10 May 25, 2010
previous high schooler wrote:
I just graduated from Salem High last year, and I have to say, as much as I love Salem, this IS very common. Almost every day if the weather is nice, you can drive through the park and see some kids going at it after school. Most of the kids that do get in fights feel exactly the same way as the story depicts. Yes, there are plenty of other things that Salem does that are a better representation, but this kind of behavior is accurate and common.
umm i graduated last year too & i am pretty sure that if there was goiong to be a fight after school the police were there to stop it or the princple was there to stop it do not tell me this stuff was going on. i went to that school too and i know. this stuff was not common. salem is way better that that. you all need to move to a different town and do this. because salem is waaaaay better than that.
A Place To Call Home

Chicago, IL

#11 May 25, 2010
First, Salem made the news!!! I think the fighting, if it is common, started with the recent generations. I am a graduate of SCHS and have never heard of it. However, the woman you interviewed is dumb and she always yells at her children. She really isn't a fit mother. Everyone is not like her! I am positive that our town officials would stop the fighting if seen. Salem, IL is otherwise a lovely, quiet little town.
Anonymous

Centralia, IL

#12 May 25, 2010
What types of uneducated, uncouth people are we raising in Salem these days? I mean honestly, what kind of culture are we where we think these sorts of things are acceptable as parents? Oh sure, let's let our children beat each other's heads in because they're both willing to do it, and they're both willing to suffer the consequences. Well, what about when your child is retarded for the rest of his life because you couldn't control his behaviors, and some other juvenile delinquent beat his head in? But they were just playin, right?

And to those who think that violence *isn't* a culture in Salem it's obvious that you aren't paying nearly close enough attention to the youth of this town. I have lived in Salem all my life and graduated from Salem high school within the past 10 years. Violence was just as common then as I see it is now, it was nothing to consistently see groups of kids clustered around a fight in the park after school. It's only when this town quits sweeping its problems under the rug and deals with them that issues such as these will begin to be resolved, and the children in our community can go back to what they should be doing, being children and learning how to be responsible adults.
Anonimous

Alton, IL

#13 May 25, 2010
previous high schooler wrote:
I just graduated from Salem High last year, and I have to say, as much as I love Salem, this IS very common. Almost every day if the weather is nice, you can drive through the park and see some kids going at it after school. Most of the kids that do get in fights feel exactly the same way as the story depicts. Yes, there are plenty of other things that Salem does that are a better representation, but this kind of behavior is accurate and common.
completely FALSE!!
Truth

Mount Vernon, IL

#14 May 25, 2010
Are you people kidding me? You're going to actually blame the newscaster who reported this story?
Yes, this is Salem. A place, when apparently shown a problem, everyone chooses to blame the person who had the nerve to show them there was a problem instead of fixing the issue at hand. This fighting has been going on for years and it's happening in our schools. I've been trying to do something about it for years and I'm stuck between the ignorant mother who thinks it's okay and the parents who are pissed off that it was brought up because it tarnishes the reputation of their town. Go to YouTube and type in Salem, Illinois Fight. See for yourself how long those videos have been up.
And Chris Hayes, check out the local school where they are covering up bullying and sexual abuse.
Anonimous

Alton, IL

#15 May 25, 2010
Anonymous wrote:
What types of uneducated, uncouth people are we raising in Salem these days? I mean honestly, what kind of culture are we where we think these sorts of things are acceptable as parents? Oh sure, let's let our children beat each other's heads in because they're both willing to do it, and they're both willing to suffer the consequences. Well, what about when your child is retarded for the rest of his life because you couldn't control his behaviors, and some other juvenile delinquent beat his head in? But they were just playin, right?
And to those who think that violence *isn't* a culture in Salem it's obvious that you aren't paying nearly close enough attention to the youth of this town. I have lived in Salem all my life and graduated from Salem high school within the past 10 years. Violence was just as common then as I see it is now, it was nothing to consistently see groups of kids clustered around a fight in the park after school. It's only when this town quits sweeping its problems under the rug and deals with them that issues such as these will begin to be resolved, and the children in our community can go back to what they should be doing, being children and learning how to be responsible adults.
The violence in Salem is no worse than in other towns around the country. If most people say they have no idea this sort of thing is going on, then it is not as common as these kids say it is. Crime that is seen is put to an end by police. Those kids are getting their 15 minutes of fame for being ignorant. Yes, there is violence in Salem, but definitely no more than in any other town. There was no reason to air this story. I also believe that the issue is NOT being swept under the rug by the town. It is being swept under the rug by the incompetent parents. It is not the town's problem if a few bored teenager's feel the need to show their muscles and get praise from the town. Parents not only in Salem but around the entire country need to learn the difinition of parenting.
Brandi

Alton, IL

#16 May 25, 2010
Truth wrote:
Are you people kidding me? You're going to actually blame the newscaster who reported this story?
Yes, this is Salem. A place, when apparently shown a problem, everyone chooses to blame the person who had the nerve to show them there was a problem instead of fixing the issue at hand. This fighting has been going on for years and it's happening in our schools. I've been trying to do something about it for years and I'm stuck between the ignorant mother who thinks it's okay and the parents who are **** off that it was brought up because it tarnishes the reputation of their town. Go to YouTube and type in Salem, Illinois Fight. See for yourself how long those videos have been up.
And Chris Hayes, check out the local school where they are covering up bullying and sexual abuse.
No one was blaming the newscaster for the problem. They are simply saying that there are much more important issues to focus on. If you are going to do a story on violence, don't focus on one town. And if you're trying to do something about it you should go around to schools and talk to the students. Same goes to "concerned parent."-If you see an issue, putting it on television for the world to see is not the best way to bring it to people's attention.
Resident of Salem

Mount Vernon, IL

#17 May 25, 2010
These kids are either seriously messed up or liars. "Half the school" student body is involved? That is a ridiculous exaggeration. There are around 700 kids in that school. It is highly unlikely that there are much more than the amount of people shown in the video that are involved.
I went to that school. There were a few fights. But it was a very infrequent thing. There were probably less than 10 during my entire 4 years there.
Though I agree that this fighting would happen less if the kids actually had things to do. Our theater was taken away for one example. The town is wilting away.
Anonymous

Mount Vernon, IL

#18 May 25, 2010
Well not our fault these days, there is nothing to do but have sex, drink, do drugs, and fight. It is VERY common these days to see/hear of kids fighting. The only reason adults don't think its common is cause kids aren't telling them anythingg! duuuh!
A fit parent

Salem, IL

#19 May 25, 2010
Every town in America as a group of kids who fight and cause trouble regularly, so to single out Salem and say it condones such behavior is obsurd. The mother of the child is an unfit parent if she is going to say let kids be kids because they know the consequences before hand. And for you to say that you couldn't find anyone who didn't know this was going on is obviously because you didn't go outside of that group. I live nearby the park and have children in the schools and I have never heard of kids fighting for fun. You need to do your research before you come slandering a town like that. Our town is a small town like any other. We have many generations living here and many adults that grow up and move away end up coming back to raise their children here. We are friendly and generous and helpful. You should come back and drive around the whole town someday to get a clear picture of all that goes on. Perhaps you could have turned your cameras around and did a clip on our new Family Aquatic Center instead.
Anonymous

Mount Vernon, IL

#20 May 25, 2010
really, people blame the kids of society. but look who raised them, so dont be blaming the kids.
Brandi

Alton, IL

#21 May 25, 2010
They may have found the only mother with such a horrible point of view on fighting and chose to put her on TV. WOW..is all I have to say.

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