What started off as an innocent afternoon of playing “let me show you my chicken coop before I attempt to give you a beat down” in Miami County, Ohio, came to a screeching halt when one combatant decided to brain the other with a shovel. As with every non-news story these days, there were multiple people who stood by gawking at the whole thing through their tiny camera phone lenses. The videos were eventually uploaded to YouTube, where they went viral with one girl now being known simply as Shovel Girl.
On May 4th, two teenage girls, Miranda Fugate and Emily Olinger, agreed to meet in Olinger’s yard for a good, old-fashioned fistfight. The exact reason why the girls were at odds with each other is still unclear, but reports are that it involved a boy and that the two had been engaged in a war of words for over a year.
Either way, Fugate and Olinger seem downright cordial to each other at the beginning of the video. Olinger even gives Fugate and her friends a tour of the Olinger family chicken coop (no, I’m not making that up). And when it comes down to Fightin’ Time, both girls agree to each other’s rules for the bout, which include “don’t hit me in the face”. Olinger even proudly points out that she has decided to wear her hair up so as to help Fugate resist the temptation to pull it.
Alas, after several jabs from Fugate find their way to Olinger’s face, the fight quickly disintegrates. Despite Fugate offering to wait while Olinger composes herself so that Fugate can “beat her ass some more”, Olinger wants no part of a rematch. She orders Fugate off her property, stating she will shoot her with a BB gun if she doesn’t leave. When Fugate refuses to vacate the premises, Olinger turns and makes her way towards the front door of her house. At this point, Fugate makes a decision she probably now regrets. Rather than walk away, she chases after Olinger. And that’s when the shovel comes into play.