All In The Name of Fame
In the past year, there have been more and more attacks “caught” on camera, mainly cell phone cameras. Conveniently enough the video is uploaded onto sites such as YouTube for all to view and comment. Random? I think not. Teens are resorting to barbaric behavior to get that 15 minutes of ’fame,’ and I use the term loosely.
Back in September, 17-year-old Rachel Griffith was beat relentlessly in a planned attack by a group of her peers. She suffered multiple blows to the head. The assault was recorded on a cell phone and passed around for everyone to see.
What makes one resort to such savage measures? I don’t know the answer to that, but I do know that threat isn’t limited to teenagers.
Take the case of Allen Haywood. While reading at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro in Washington, DC he was attacked by a teenage a girl. Repeatedly punched in the head while another girl tossed his belongings over the rail. Haywood screamed demanding the girl to stop. He yelled “I did nothing to you!” The attack occurred just after rush hour with plenty of bystanders. What is disturbing is the fact that, while multiple witnesses had cell phones out, no one called the police. I guess you can’t make an outgoing call while recording video.
The ‘attack and record’ trend is growing rapidly and something needs to be done soon. We are at a very bad point when we get our kicks from watching someone being brutally beaten. The only good thing to come of this is that the videos will provide law enforcement with solid evidence.