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Their “fight club” had rules. At least one Friday a month, boys gathered after school in the backyard of Bryan Campbell (at far left) to wrestle and box. Campbell’s mother gave her OK as long as they kept it safe; a bloody nose was the worst injury suffered. The boys often used phones to film their contests, then posted the videos to a private group on Facebook, where more friends could admire their prowess. The rush of a headlock, a bond between friends, their fights delivered both excitement and social rewards. This photograph originally appeared in the October 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine as part of a feature on the teenage brain.


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