What is wrong with kids today? I know that is cliche and makes me feel old to say it, but really! Is it a product of the age of entitlement? Why did the driver do nothing to stop this? How gutless! Insanity!
A Belleville West High School student was beaten aboard a bus on the way to school Monday, and a police spokesman said the beating could be racially motivated.
The 17-year-old victim was white and the teen assailants were black. Police released a video of the beating, which shows the victim being punched repeatedly while other students on the bus gather to watch, some cheering. It doesnt appear that the victim did anything to provoke an attack and tried only to defend himself. Police said it all unfolded in a five-minute span.
The victim was trying to find a seat and was told by two students he could not sit next to them, police said. When he did sit down, one teen tried to push him out of his seat then began grabbing the victims neck and punching him in the face.
The victim eventually returned to his seat, but another student began taunting him a few minutes later. The victim was then struck in the face.
It was unclear what, if anything, the bus driver did to stop the attack. Students intervened to help the victim both times.
In my estimation, its racially motivated, said Capt. Don Sax of the Belleville Police Department. He said one reason he had formed this opinion was that many of the students, most of whom were black, yelled their support for the beating.
There was absolutely no justification for the beating either time, Sax said.
Racially motivated? Very probable. Provoked? Well find out soon enough. Justifiable? Absolutely not! All those that resorted to violence should be charged and the driver for doing nothing. Are white people covered under the same protection as blacks when hate crimes occur? Where is Al Sharpton when you need him?
I wonder where President Obama will be. He turned his friend Henry Louis Gates’s anti-police temper tantrum into a “teachable moment.” What about this truly appalling incident?