Last week in Lakeland, Florida, six cheerleaders beat another squad member unconscious for reportedly talking smack on MySpace. There were no pom poms or dance batons involved, just lots of punches and angry tongue-lashes.
The attackers, who range in age from 14 to 17, filmed their assault with the apparent intent of posting it on YouTube. And the victim is still recovering from a concussion, and her hearing and vision on her left side have been damaged. As painful as the footage is to swallow, it underscores the intersection of bullying, pack mentality and exhibitionism.
Rosalind Wiseman, founder of the Empower Program and author of the book Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Adolescence, joins us today to dissect bullying behavior. If you've been involved in a similar incident, on either side, or if you have questions about this story, leave your comments here.