In what has to be the most disturbing video to appear on social media in years, 12 young, black “men” (boys), ages 15-27, can be seen surrounding and attacking a stranger in downtown Minneapolis, as a surveillance camera captures one of the most violent, brutal and cowardly attacks on another human being most people have ever seen.
This horrific attack took place in Rep. Ilhan Omar’s district in Minnesota, where violent crime is becoming more and more commonplace. Not one person standing by and watching this violent attack was willing to step in and stop it from continuing.
***WARNING***This video is EXTREMELY graphic!
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 13, 2019
News Immitate reports about a heartbreaking and disturbing beating by teens that resulted in the death of a 16-year-old boy, while 80 witnesses stood by and watched, many of them reportedly posted video clips of the gruesome beating on Snapchat.
A teenager was stabbed to death during an after school brawl allegedly over a girl where up to 80 other kids stood and filmed the fatal incident.
Khaseen Morris, 16, suffered fatal wounds after being charged at by multiple males as he walked home with his friends on Monday, in Oceanside, New York.
Nassau County Police were called to the scene outside Mario’s Pizzeria and Restaurant at 3:45 pm after the large fight between 10 males broke out.
Footage of the shocking scenes show Morris being thrown to the ground. It appears that he is bleeding from a knife wound to the chest.
Morris’ older sister, who did not want to be named, said her brother had recently transferred to the school for a ‘fresh start’ in his senior year, moving from Freeport.
She claims that he was stabbed to death because he walked a girl home from a party on Sunday and stated: ‘My brother didn’t deserve that.
‘He was the most peaceful, loving person in the world,’ she told NBC New York.
Not one person stepped in to help during the brutal assault.
Up to seven males were involved in the incident and as many as 80 witnesses watching according to police. Footage taken from the attack shows Morris being thrown to the ground, where he is reported to be seen bleeding to death.
Some of those clips were posted on Snapchat.
Nassau County Police detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick told a press conference: ‘They would rather video this event. They videoed his death instead of helping him.’
He then addressed the teens directly: ‘I don’t know what to make of it, my generation versus this generation. This can’t go on. Your friends are dying while you stand there and video it. That’s egregious.’
The incendiary trend of teen violence going viral on social media has raised the question: Why isn’t anyone helping?
The New York Post attempts to answer the question here: Monday on Long Island, a group of his peers taped 16-year-old Khaseen Morris being beaten in a strip mall parking lot. Khaseen later died at the hospital. The young bystanders “videoed his death instead of helping him,” Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick said in a press conference Tuesday.
Experts say the problem is a relatively new one, which could have consequences on the teens’ mental health for the rest of their lives.
“It’s a new frontier,” Dr. Victor Fornari, chief of child and adolescent psychology at Northwell Health, tells The Post. “This is a phenomenon that can only occur during the time of the smartphone.”
The Morris case is the latest in what appears to be a growing issue of bystanders recording tragic incidents instead of stepping in to help.
So what would compel someone to film a violent encounter rather than help? For teens, it often comes down to not necessarily knowing the right thing to do, says Dr. Linda Charmaraman, director of the Youth, Media and Wellbeing Research Lab at Wellesley College.
In August, Canadian teens filmed a 14-year-old in the throes of a drug overdose at a skate park — and left him to die. In 2017, five Florida teens filmed and mocked a man drowning to death in a pond instead of calling for help.
Fornari says there may be a link between posting on social media and teens wanting “widespread attention.”
“They want to know how many hits they get, how many people viewed it,” Fornari says.
“Adolescent brains are still developing — things like impulse control and moral development, and sometimes, they may not even think what’s happening is real,” says Charmaraman, who has studied how social media affects teen brains.
“People are becoming desensitized,” she adds. “We hear and see horrible things every day now on social media and the news.”
Charmaraman adds that another reason people may instinctively grab their phones to film — rather than help or call authorities — is out of fear of both personal harm and retaliation from other students for butting in.