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Social Media Leading to Violent Crime

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It's a phrase heard all too often.

"It all started with Facebook," said Briana Crawford.

The Chicago Police Department estimates that 80 percent of school disturbances result from online arguments.  Many of them go beyond the classroom and become deadly.  Central Illinois High School student, Briana Crawford, was with a close friend when a tempers flared on Facebook.

"She was calling her out of her name, and she was just telling her that she doesn't deserve to be anything and that she doesn't deserve to live," said Crawford.

And like many, Briana's friend was approached on the street by her offender.

"I sat there.  She tried to talk it out with her," said Crawford.  "She didn't want to talk it out.  She wanted to fight.  And that's what she did."

Some blame the fact that kids now days have access to social media entirely too early.

"I didn't have a phone until I was 18," said Kerra Williams.  "These kids are getting phones at 6, 7 years old."

As program director of Decatur's Boys and Girls Club, Kerra Williams understands the mentality of these young people.

"Some of our males do not have fathers in the home, said Williams.  "And so, sometimes they think being a man is acting on that.. shooting somebody."

And they often see it as a shot in the limelight.

"You can get fame off of doing stuff now days too," said Williams.  "If you beat up somebody.  If you make an inappropriate video."

And when it's posted  online, millions of people can see it, pushing someone to retaliate just for the sake of pride. 
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