Until they developed an attraction for the same boy, the two teenage girls had been the best of friends.
That’s when the arguments began. When nasty Facebook messages proliferated, peers chose sides and false rumors and innuendo dominated the school corridors. Then it got physical.
School administrators – at both the secondary and elementary levels – can readily identify the dynamics of these disputes. Erroneous assumptions and judgments become multi-layered arguments that bury the relatively minor conflict that started it all, ultimately triggering threats and/or physical violence.