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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bowling Green Woman Charged For Arranging Fight Between Juveniles, Broadcasts YouTube Video On Internet.

YouTube fight leads to charges
BG woman accused of letting teens physically settle dispute in her yard


When two female Greenwood High School students decided to take their war of words to the next level and throw punches, the fight landed a Bowling Green woman in jail and the two girls in juvenile court.

On Sunday, Warren County sheriff’s deputies charged Shannon Megan Omeallie, 52, 581 Shaker Mill Road, Bowling Green, with two counts of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor. Omeallie was booked into the Warren County Regional Jail, where she posted a $2,000 cash bond, according to court records. She is scheduled to appear in court at 8 a.m. Friday.

Omeallie, who is not related to either girl, is accused of allowing the two teens, who are 16 and 17 years old, to settle their differences by physically fighting on her lawn in front of a crowd of onlookers. The fight was captured on video and uploaded to the website YouTube, where Omeallie can be seen smiling as she turned and looked at the camera, according to court records.

“It’s so disturbing when parents allow this to go on that we felt it necessary to pursue criminal charges,” Warren County Attorney Amy Milliken said. “That behavior is so unacceptable.”

The fight originated in the school cafeteria during breakfast May 13, when one of the girls reportedly called the other girl profane names. The two confronted each other but decided not to fight at school. Another Greenwood student, who is related to Omeallie, offered to let the girls settle the dispute at the Omeallie residence later that day, according to records. That student’s name was not available in court records.

At about 4:30 p.m. the girls met at the Shaker Mill Road home, where 16 GHS students had assembled to watch the rumble.

The two girls began to pull each other’s hair and punch each other in the face with their fists. Blood could be seen running from the mouth of one of the fighters, according to court records.

Omeallie is accused of not intervening in an effort to stop the fight and of not breaking up the crowd, records show.

Omeallie could not be reached for comment prior to press time.

The two girls accused of fighting are facing second-degree disorderly conduct charges in juvenile court. The Daily News does not release the names of juveniles charged with crimes unless they are being tried as adults.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office opened the investigation after receiving an anonymous tip three days after the fight.

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