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    Beastly Fido Roxxsmom's Avatar
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    Teen killers and disparaging the younger generation

    This story broke last week, and it's one I think many of us have heard before: teenager kills or does something horrible to another and friends stand around and record it to share on social media. The latest case involves and 18-year old who stabbed another teen, Khaseen Morris, to death in a parking lot in New York.

    It's not the crime itself that caught my attention, though, but the narrative surrounding it. The situation is horrific and screwed up. The perpetrator has the "dead eyes" and slack face you see in much older killers, but does it really exemplify a generation?

    As Morris lay in the parking lot of a strip mall pizzeria in Oceanside, N.Y. — hemorrhaging blood from a stab wound in the chest — police estimate somewhere between 50 and 70 kids stood by and failed to call for help. Many filmed the violent scene, uploading videos to social media sites.

    "Kids stood here and didn't help Khaseen. They'd rather video this event," Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick told reporters at a news conference Tuesday. "They videoed his death instead of helping. So anyone who has video, come forward, [and] do the right thing for Khaseen."

    Looking perplexed and exasperated, Fitzpatrick added, "I don't know what to make of it, my generation vs. this generation. This can't go on. Your friends are dying while you stand there and video it. That's egregious."

    emphasis mine
    Sorry Fitzpatrick, but I call BS on this. There were plenty of incidents like this before social media. An infamous case, which inspired the movie River's Edge, happened in the town of Milpitas, CA when I was a young adult. A guy murdered his girlfriend and bragged about it at school, and his friends came to check out the body. No one reported the murder for two days. This was the 80s--well before social media.

    There are plenty of other well-publicized cases over the years where bystanders (and not always so young) witness a hideous crime (or see someone in trouble) and fail to respond appropriately. There's even a word for it--the bystander effect. It is most emphatically not limited to a generation or age group. Social media may put a new spin on it, but I don't think today's young people are any worse overall than any generation.

    Blame the individuals involved, blame their families, blame their community or whatever you like, but don't pin it on an entire generation.

    And anyway, what about the young people who are doing this sort of thing? Or the kids doing this?
    Last edited by Roxxsmom; 09-23-2019 at 07:10 AM.
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