ATLANTA, Ga. (CNN) – Events in Alabama and Wisconsin over the weekend involving teens, social media and weapons escalated into assaults and two deaths.
Disputes among teens on social media escalated to fights in the real world, with fatal results.
Police in Alabama say for several weeks a group of teens fought on Facebook. But on Friday night in a Birmingham park, their online argument became physical.
Investigators say during the fight two boys pulled out guns and started shooting. The shots injured two girls and killed another. She was 14 years old.
“She was a good person. She never had any trouble. She was never in anything. She was a good person. She liked to help people,” said Diamond Davis, a friend of the victim.
Birmingham police arrested two teenaged boys.
“This is senseless. Where are they getting the guns from? Where are thy learning to be so violent at a young age,’ said Herman Henderson, president of Stop the Violence.
Also on Friday across the country in Wausau, Wisconsin, police say 10 students got into a fight on social media. One group then drove to a house, got out of the car and started shooting a BB gun at another group on a porch. The fight escalated. One boy was stabbed in the back twice and died. He was 13 years old.
“It surprises me that 13, 14, 15 year old kids would be carrying a bb gun and knives and want to harm each other,” said Detective Greg Hagenbucher, Wausau Police Department.
Police in both cities say the fatal fights started on Facebook.
“People knew that this was going to take place and that some individuals were looking to fight. If we would have been notified ahead of time, we may have been able to prevent this.”