A group of eight teenagers, six of them girls, were arrested for beating up another girl, 16-year old Victoria Lindsay, purely for the sake of filming the attack and uploading the video to YouTube.
One of the girls struck the 16-year-old victim on the head several times and then slammed her head into a wall, knocking her unconscious, according to an arrest report.
The police described the attack as “animalistic”:
“It’s absolutely an animalistic attack,” Sheriff Grady Judd said Tuesday on NBC television’s Today show. “They lured her into the home for express purpose of filming the attack and posting it on the Internet.”
The victim was treated for concussion, bruises, and damage to the left eye and ear. What interests me about this is this: at what point did these teens think: “Hey! Let’s beat up so poor schmuck and upload the video to YouTube! That certainly is a SMART idea!” and feel that they were going to get away with it? One of the teens involved in the attack handed the clip over to the police, so I guess the guilt must have been eating her. Still., it’s one atrociously horrific attack.
The insanity of it all is that these people thought that beating up someone for entertainment was fun. I can’t get my head around it: why do people think that willfully harming another person is entertainment?
And how far a step is it from there to snuff clips?
Question: what steps do you think might have to be taken to reduce the acceptedness of gratuitous violence for the sake of entertainment?