Mother: "10-Seconds" is Not a Game 4/16/13
CBS 7 News
April 16, 2013
Odessa, TX - It’s a desperate cry from an Odessa mother who's teenage daughter was involved in a fighting game called "10 seconds".
It resulted in school suspensions and a trip to the hospital.
The video is one of many online where students give each other 10 seconds to fight. The one who does the most damage is obviously the winner.
In Yvette Garcia’s daughter’s case- she was the loser.
“That’s how quick and how fast it is,” Garcia said, “Then it's over.”
She says she got a call from Crockett Jr. High with news of her daughter in a fight. Immediately she knew what it was about. Her daughter showed videos of the 10-second game played by other students in the past.
“I want parents to know that this is going on,” she said.
Now that students can post the video on YouTube and Facebook with their cell phones, it’s a growing trend that The Ector County Independent School District is seeing more of.
“This is something we do not take lightly. Fights are not new but one thing that changed is that both kids are intending to get into a fight,” said Mike Adkins, The spokesperson for ECISD, “They plan it and wait until the teacher is gone.”
Garcia says the students waited for the teacher to switch classrooms.
This "game" is going viral in school districts across West Texas. There's even a Facebook group in its name.
“You can't blame the school for our children's actions and I say ‘our’ because mine is included,” Garcia said.
Yvette says her daughter is no victim. Both of the students are at fault.
“A lot was done to the boy’s family with public threats,” she said. “That's what bothered me and my daughter the most.”
What were you thinking?
“I don't know,” the daughter said, “I don't know what I was thinking.”
She says she went to the hospital for x-rays after the fight.
“I just hurt my jaw, my nose, and I got a scratched,” she said.
She says she too got a couple of punches in, which is why she is also in trouble. According to her mom, she was punished with in-school-suspension and ticketed for fighting in public, which involves a fine and/or community service hours.
“She’s three weeks grounded,” Garcia said, “No going anywhere, no doing anything at all!”
Did you learn your lesson?
“Of course,” the student said.