Recently on the news I saw a story covering a new “game” by mostly teenagers called The Knockout Game. In it, unsuspecting pedestrians are targeted just walking along the street. As the group of teens approaches and just passes the pedestrian, one of them cold-cocks the poor target, dropping them with a blind-sided sucker punch.
This is happening in at least seven states. The video clips are truly disturbing, watching people just drop to the ground, already out on their feet. It’s as if someone just threw a mannequin to the ground. They don’t even break their falls. It’s really upsetting to watch.
It’s flat-out dangerous.
This “game” can put people in the hospital and in the morgue. I saw clips of a man who had sustained a devastating traumatic brain injury as a result of getting blindsided and knocked out. His life is changed forever.
My friend Bobby and I were lamenting a time when a sucker punch wasn’t celebrated by your friends. Wasn’t the design of some twisted game. If you threw a sucker punch, you were a punk. A coward.
You have to wonder how that message got lost along the way….
A new twist to the story happened when the knockout punch misfired and the intended victim calmly shot the punch-throwing coward twice before watching him carted off and arrested. The kid who threw the punch cited “boredom” as one of the reasons for participating in the Knockout Game.
When my friends and I were bored teenagers, we walked around malls for hours. We talked on the phone, back when kids actually talked on phones. We drove around for hours listening to music.
We didn’t decide to put people in the hospital or, worse, the morgue.
When I was a bored teenager, I ended up pulling weeds, washing windows or running the vacuum cleaner. Trust me, I wasn’t bored very often.
We have to teach these kids somehow that it is NOT their right to injure or damage our brains. It is not their right to take our memories, our abilities, our careers, our financial footing, our relationships, our futures.
Please be careful out there, everyone. This is only going to continue until more and more intended targets sadly have to defend themselves with deadly force of their own. Kids are going to continue to put people in hospitals and morgues until they end up there themselves or until they grow enough to realize how stupid they are being.
Be aware. Spread the word. Talk to kids. Don’t walk alone. Remember that not everyone keeps the same definition of stupid or holds life in as high a regard.
Keep yourselves safe!!!!