Knockout Game – Sucker Punch, Out Cold
Imagine you’re strolling down the street, maybe getting in a little exercise after indulging during the holiday season…a nice sunset, beautiful surroundings and a cool breeze, nothing too cold, just enough for a light sweatshirt. The next thing you know, you’re picking yourself up off the ground, very confused, rubbing your head from pain!
What just happened?
Seems you might have been a victim of the “knockout game,” a new phenomenon that is sweeping our world. From New York to Pittsburgh to San Diego all the way to London, thrill-seekers (usually teens) are literally sucker-punching unsuspecting pedestrians for amusement, knocking them out cold with one blow (if possible) of their fist! (As if twerking wasn’t enough, Miss Cyrus! Just saying!)
What stuns me, and perhaps is the scariest about this whole situation? These game participants seem to have no fear of getting caught! From the videos being plastered all over the Internet, they are brazen, bold and will just walk right up to someone with no second thoughts.
Demonstrated are the “one hitter quitter” and a 50-year-old teacher victim:
(Another observation: These teens are simple doing this just to do it. In this video, and others found online, game players aren’t trying to rob people or take their possessions.)
So, readers, what about this knockout game? How does it make you feel?
How do we, as a society, put a stop to something like this? Harsher criminal penalties given to our youth who seem not to care in the first place?
As always, I can’t wait to hear your reactions, thoughts and opinions, but in the meantime, here are 5 tips to help avoid the knockout game:
- Never travel alone. If you’re in a group or even with just one other person, the “Knockout Game” is less likely but not impossible.
- Distracted people are targets because thrill seekers want to get their punch in without being seen, so put down that device, remove those ear buds and pay attention to your surroundings.
- Situational awareness: know where you are, what direction you are headed, what street you are on, where public places of business are established, etc.
- Look confident. By establishing eye contact with people around you, it lets them know you are aware of them.
- If you observe a group of teens that appear to be filming you, immediately turn, walk the other way and go into a public place of business.
Posted by Ginger Hill on Jan 06, 2014