The Knockout Game…What Is It? How Do We Stop It? Where Do We Go From Here…

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The Cullen’s Corner Family is calling attention to “Knockout,” a dangerous street game they say is spreading around the country. The “game” is simple: walk up to an unsuspecting, defenseless person on the street and try and punch them out with one blow. While there is not data showing exactly how many people have died as a result of this horrible act of violence, many similar cases have made national headlines in the past few months. This isn’t a game it is ASSAULT and someone has DIED from it.

And what’s the point?

“For the fun of it,” one teen said in one report.

In September, a 13-year-old boy was sentenced to 18 months of confinement for the beating death of a 51-year-old man in upstate New York. The boys, two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old, allegedly followed the victim, Ralph Erick Santiago, before one of the teens punched him in the head, cops said. Santiago fell back and collapsed onto an iron fence, where he died after his neck was wedged between two posts. The suspects, who were not identified, were allegedly playing a game that involves trying to knock a random person out with one punch.
The teen had pleaded guilty to assault and attempted assault, admitting that he started the fatal beating by attempting to knock the man out with a single punch.

The teen said he and his friends were playing a street game called “knockout.” His punch apparently had little to no effect, but the follow-up from a 14-year-old boy caused bleeding in the victim’s brain, and he died in late May.

The 14-year-old co-defendant was found guilty last month in Onondaga County Family Court of second-degree manslaughter and received the same sentence.

 

But New York is not the only place to see the “Knockout Game” being played out.

In Washington, D.C., Tamera Jackson, 27, told police that a group of teens on bicycles came up behind her last week as she walked home and one of them punched her in the back of the head before the group sped away, laughing.

 

This is the main reasons why people are most likely to get away with self-defense is because of this degeneration of our culture. It is giving more people and the justice system a reason to kill teens and scream self-defense. When parents seem to have less or no control of their children; don’t worry they will help you solve it painfully. This whole fascination of being socially known for these actions can lead to deadlier results from both sides. There will be a man with a gun waiting for this to happen and by the time he pulls the trigger; you’re last time you seen your son may come from that day. This is why people who shoot unarmed teens get away with ‘justice’.

 

When the game “knockout” is played, it is overwhelmingly a black attacker and a white victim.  As a matter of fact I was hard pressed in my research to find any reversal of the roles. We are living in troubled times, and there will be a correction someday.  But that correction will not happen without awareness first.  A father teaches his son how to be a man, and he teaches his daughter that she is beautiful, loved, and has value. Children learn from example. They learn how to love from the parents. They learn conflict resolution from the parents.

 

Other than going into the communities, the best way to do your part is by example. Live right, teach your children right from wrong. Take responsibility for your actions, teach your children to take responsibility for theirs. But what hurts black society is when we don’t try to educate the ones making the assumptions or generalizations that we are all one way. I will always advocate us because it needs to be known. Just like it needs to be known that there are wonderful families out there raising good kids. One thing that needs to be kept at the forefront is no matter what you do or how well you do it, there are people that will try to pull you down and make it seem you are not doing a good job.

What Are YOUR Thoughts Corner Family?