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Published October 11, 2012, 08:46 PM

With the use of social media, "Body Boxing" is spreading nationally

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- Trying to fit in the "middle school crowd" is challenging enough. But with social media, students are using Facebook, You Tube and their phones to record and post something called "Body-Boxing."

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- Trying to fit in the "middle school crowd" is challenging enough. But with social media, students are using Facebook, You Tube and their phones to record and post something called "Body-Boxing."

Friends agree to fight each other in a school bathroom, with a crowd looking on. Students then post it on-line.

Whatever happened to settling the score out in the playground. These days, some tech savvy middle schoolers nation wide are into Body Boxing. Friends who agree to punches, except to the head or below the waist.

At Moorhead's Horizon Middle School, officials have witnessed a handful of body boxing fights in the bathroom.

Jeff Nelson/Horizon SRO-Moorhead Police: "We are not seeing fights where people are made at each other but friends that are agreeing to do this."

But recently, security has been able to intervene, moments before an incident, because of 35 video cameras throughout the school.

Jeremy Larson/Horizon Asst. Principal: "If they see 10 12 boys all going to the bathroom at the same time, they kind of see that as a problem, they go there and be proactive."

It is a tough age, hormones, attitude, trying to fit it, but school officials say body boxing in a hallway bathroom is not only against the rules, but dangerous.

Larson: "The biggest thing we see, they start as friends, and the boxing starts and it turns out be more of an issue and we have seen people get hurt."

Students have also been texting and Facebooking about possible body-boxing, giving staff another chance to be proactive in stepping in to monitor hallways to keep body boxing out of the school restrooms.

No student has been arrested in any of the body boxing incidents.

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