More than fifty Long Island teenagers stood by and watched as a teenage boy lay bleeding out after a fight outside a strip mall earlier this week. Khaseen Morris was just sixteen when he was fatally stabbed during a fight - and not a single bystander stepped in to help.
Morris died in hospital shortly after the incident, and police are flabberghasted over the lack of response by his peers. There is one potential upside, though - the fact that so many filmed the stabbing means that they shouldn't have too much trouble identifying the perpetrator.
Bystander apathy has long been a social concern.
via: ShutterstockThe fact that otherwise morally good and law-abiding citizens can sit back and not do anything when witnessing something horrific is pretty frightening.
One prime example is the murder of Kitty Genovese.
via: YouTubeIn 1964, the waitress was walking alone in Kew Gardens, Queens, late at night. It was reported that over forty witnesses saw and did nothing (although this was later disputed).
But it seems like this phenomenon still exists.And, with all of us so obsessed with our phones, it seems like things could be set to get even worse.
And this story is another horrifying example.
via: ShutterstockAs a group of teenagers stood by and watched as their sixteen-year-old peer bled out after being stabbed in a brawl in Long Island.
The victim was Khaseen Morris.
via: FacebookHe was involved in a fight, which turned fatal, and later died of his injuries in Nassau County hospital.
The fight took place outside a strip mall in Oceanside, New York
via: Visit OceansideThe incredibly public nature of the attack is what has shocked the police - and the public.
But the most shocking factor?
via: Shutterstock"They videoed his death instead of helping him," Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick of the Nassau County Police Department said in a press conference.
Fitzpatrick was shaken by the bystander apathy.
via: Long Island Weekly"This can't go on. Your friends are dying while you stand there and video it. That's egregious."
He spoke in a full press conference, broadcasted online.
But he did point out how much evidence the group filming may offer.
via: ShutterstockHe claimed that, by finding all of the footage, the police will be able to get a clear picture of what's happened. "After I put handcuffs on you is not going to be the time to come forward," Fitzpatrick warned.
Police are hopeful that the huge amount of evidence will make their investigation easier.
via: ShutterstockThere are many witnesses, plus the videos of the fight make for an easier method of narrowing down persons of interest.
The fact that the teens filmed the incident is horrifying.
via: ShutterstockBut it could also prove to be helpful in bringing to justice the criminals responsible for Morris's death.
Morris's sister, Kedeemah, has spoken out.
via: NewsdayShe told news outlets that the fight in which Morris lost his life was over a girl, who had asked her brother to walk her home.
She also tried to show the world the bigger picture of her brother.
Kedeemah described Khaseen Morris as "sweet" and "funny," talking about his love of skateboarding, drawing, and anime.
"He said, 'I'm friends with everyone,'" she claimed.
"My brother, he shrugged stuff like that off," Kedeemah went on.
via: Newsday"He told the boy he didn't want his girlfriend, it was nothing like that, he just walked her home. The boy said he didn't care."
Many have been horrified by the situation.
@prageru That just makes me sick to my stomach. Put your damn phones down and help him!— Lady River Peanut of Knechts (@Lady River Peanut of Knechts)1568839728.0
Some have called for action.
@prageru Arrest them all as accomplices! I don’t doubt that not a single one of them would know what to do first… https://t.co/PlNBQZuewZ— Radically Free President Elect (@Radically Free President Elect)1568839750.0
Some suspect an ulterior motive.
@prageru The Selfish instead of Selfless Selfie generation. They all want to become instant Internet Stars overnigh… https://t.co/SWrh9zzomv— Delali (@Delali)1568840032.0