TUPPER LAKE - Local teenagers have been fighting, filming the fights and posting them on the Internet.
The videos show teen boys and are each titled with either the first or last names of both fighters. All but one show them wearing boxing gloves and were recorded next to the playground and skatepark at the Tupper Lake Municipal Park.
The exception, titled "Scranton vs. Sweet," shows two shirtless young men in the woods, boxing and wrestling with bare hands, falling onto a tree truck.
The most-viewed video is titled "Brock vs. Lucas/ Brock vs. Mitch/ Jon vs. Jake" and features three different boxing matchups set to music. It had been watched 256 times as of Thursday evening.
The fights in the park show a ring of other teens circling the fighters, joking, laughing, taking photos and video, and egging them on.
The videos are posted on YouTube under the screen name TupperLakeBoxing. The account was created on June 8, and all of the eight videos were added two weeks ago. The "About Me" section of TupperLakeBoxing's profile reads, "Tupper Lake Boxing page! All of the boxing matches at the skatepark that are taped will be uploaded here..."
Most were also posted by a user with the screen name mrhalo19, who has been a YouTube member since 2006, and some were posted there three weeks ago, before the TupperLakeBoxing account was created. According to the account profile, mrhalo19's name is Matt and he is 31. None of the people in the videos appear to be over 20.
While rumors in town said the fights originally started on school property, Tupper Lake Central School District Superintendent Seth McGowan said Thursday that was not the case, at least as far as he knew.
Rumors that students were not being permitted to walk in Saturday's graduation ceremony because of the fights are also a myth, school officials said.
Since the fights were taking place in the park, McGowan said it's not a school issue.
"That was not happening on school property," said McGowan. "That's really nothing that the school has any jurisdiction over."
McGowan did note that the 1999 movie "Fight Club" was playing on television around the time the videos started turning up. He said that anyone who believes that media like movies and video games do not have an impact on children's behavior is mistaken.
"They're just not in touch with reality," he said.
Contact Jessica Collier at 891-2600 ext. 25 or firstname.lastname@example.org.