Girls today are more violent than girls of two or three decades ago, says The State in Columbia, S.C. Girls account for about a quarter of assaults by juveniles. In 1980, it was less than 10 percent.
High school student Ebony Perkins, 17, said some girls are quick to confront each other: “You are supposed to be assertive, so if anything is brought to your attention, you are supposed to handle it accordingly by any means necessary. (You) don't back down and be weak.” Dreher High School principal Jeanne Stiglbauer does not think today's girls are more violent; they're more likely to speak their minds. “Do I think that girls are more verbal than they used to be? Yes,” she said.