Mother of girl involved in Dodge County Fair fight speaks out


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Mother of girl involved in Dodge County Fair fight speaks out

By Yona Gavino. CREATED Aug 23, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug 23, 2013

DODGE COUNTY - It's the video everyone's still talking about: an outrageous fight, between teenage girls, at the Dodge County Fair.

The Dodge County Sheriff says the brawl started when a girl smashed a lemonade cup over another girl's head, then nearly a dozen other girls jumped in on the fight.

This cell phone video shows girls brawling at the Dodge County Fair. Jada Hodges admits she was the one who smashed the cup onto the other girl's head - but only after they began calling her names.

“I was like, angry because my friends were being targeted and another girl's in my face,” recounts Jada Hodges. “I get really angered by that."

The sheriff ticketed 18 kids for disorderly conduct. Jada's mom is outraged and can't believe the teens aren't facing tougher charges - like assault.

"And I said, what about Jada?” asked mom Julie Hodges. “And he said all the kids are getting disorderlies - eleven girls and seven boys. We have not received a citation yet."

Jada showed what's left of her black eye.

“I actually didn't even know that all those girls were on top of me. I didn't know I was being kicked in the head. I didn't know I was being punched until I watched the video," explains Jada.

The Dodge County Sheriff says if people had called 911 and not recorded the fight on their cell phones, it would've ended a lot sooner.

The boys who shot video of the fight also got tickets, not for shooting the video - but for encouraging the girls to fight.

“They quoted one boy as saying: he egged it on because he didn't like one of the girls and wanted to see her assaulted. And this is the kind of thing Jada dealt with in school last year," adds mom Julie Hodges.

Julie told TODAY’S TMJ4 she wishes other parents of the teens involved in the fight would call and reach out to see how her daughter's doing. But so far, no one's called. 

Yona Gavino

Yona Gavino

Yona joined TODAY'S TMJ4 as a general assignment reporter in April 2013. Before moving to MIlwaukee, Yona spent two and a half years as a reporter at the NBC affiliate in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.