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Police: Bullying videos aid in investigation

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Many bullying videos end up victimizing the person who was being bullied.

However, those videos also help police find and arrest the instigators.

"You can go onto different websites and see that fights are being recorded daily. You can go and watch," said Reggie Williams, spokesperson for the Saginaw Police Department.

Williams said more and more teenagers are recording fights and posting it online. He said it's not just a local problem, but national and the kids don't often realize it can make the situation so much worse.

"When you have someone being assaulted, they now have evidence to help press charges. People may want to get revenge because it was recorded," Williams said.

For Ericka Frazier, she said her daughter Shania was caught up in a similar situation. Her daughter was caught on camera receiving and throwing punches at another teen.

Frazier said the fight started as another teenage girl's way of gaining attention.

"It's them taking on a mind of their own and saying 'hey, I'm going to do this because I got so many likes last time,' Or 'I got this many feedback from me posting this last time,'" Frazier said.

Shania said publishing the video is a way for some people to get recognition.

"Because she wanted to be the person to make it seem like she's the big and bad person to make everyone think she's the person of Saginaw," Shania said.

Williams said all the video does is give the police department more evidence for an investigation.

"I don't think people really understand how connected the police department is to Facebook and how quickly we see things," Williams said.

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