Sunday, July 23, 2017

Societal Breakdown

A very disturbing article out of Cocoa, Florida, found in The Washington Post highlights a potential tear win the fabric of society. 

The article titled, Police seek charges after teens film, mock drowning man, mayor says describes how five teenagers aged 14 and 16 filmed and mocked a man who was drowning, but did nothing to help him.

CNN reports that they will not be charged with anything. They should be charged with something, most likely failure to render aid if that statute were still on the books.

What is most disturbing is that the drowning happened on July 9th and the teens filmed the death in realtime, but never reported the event nor called 9-1-1. The badly decomposed body was not discovered until July 14th. 

Jamel Dunn, the man who drowned, died while people who potentially could have saved him and rendered aid watched, filmed, and mocked the event.

The incident is described:

Police said that the teens didn’t attempt to help Dunn as he struggled and screamed.
“They didn’t call the police. They just laughed the whole time. He was just screaming … for someone to help him,” Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for the Cocoa Police Department, told Florida Today

I cannot imagine how society, parents, and the education system failed the young men who joked as they watched a man die without rendering aid.

We need to take action and do better. The cavalier attitude towards our fellow citizens cannot be allowed to continue.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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