A video posted on the Internet of two Tampa Bay, Florida teens fighting has prompted police to arrest one of the boy’s fathers. The father, 41 year old Philip Struthers, can be heard on the video encouraging and coaching his 16 year old son on violent fighting moves. The incident occured on April 7, 2011 and the father was arrested the next day when a neighbor alerted police to the video and the website, World Star Hip Hop, where adult content videos can be uploaded and where the video of the teenage rumble could be viewed.
A spokesperson for the Tampa Bay sheriff’s department said they weren’t sure why the video was posted on that particular site. According to Tampa Bay Online, the father can be heard on the video shouting:
Punch his eyes out! Slam his head on the ground! Throw him punches, son! Knock him out!
Struthers has been arrested on charges of child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He has been ordered by a circuit court judge today to stay away from his son, forbidding him to see him again until he’s 18 and forbidding contact with anybody under the age of 18.
The sheriffs spokesperson believes the fight was over a girl. The boys will not face charges.