Hollywood heroines including ANGELINA JOILE's Lara Croft in Tomb Raider and Uma Thurman's BRIDE in Kill Bill have been blamed for the sharp rise in physical violence involving teenage girls.

The influence of these movie "sheroes" is believed to be one of the causes of the alarming rise in girl-on-girl physical intimidation.

In recent weeks there have been a spate of incidents across America involving young women - a 17-year-old girl slashed another's face with a bottle and three girls mugged a boy for his iPod mp3 player.

NO LONGER NICE author HOWARD SPIVAK says, "These Hollywood heroines give them tacit permission to alter their behaviour. They no longer repress their anger but strike out first.

"The number of boys being charged with violent offences has been stabilised as we learnt to use discipline and drugs, but authorities have blankly refused to recognise that girls are catching up fast, and could be more violent than boys within a generation."

12/06/2005 14:06