OK, a teenage girl gets beat down, savagely, in a Metro Bus tunnel by another teen. And it all happens in front of paid, contracted security. Everybody is pulling their hair out over this. All the radio talk shows are going off, some calling out the manliness of the guards, companies defending the security guards, governments calling for reviews, and politicians outraged.
Everybody is in a dust up, screaming that something should have, could have, and would have been done. Me, I am going to blow right past that folderol and say this: Violence happens; there are bad people out there, intent on doing you harm. There always have been and will be.
This girl that kicked the other girl in the head; she is one of the bad people.
Now for what is the crux of this event.
What would you expect from a society that teaches compliance? From an early age, children are taught to not take matters into their own hands, to instead seek out an authority figure that has the right and the power to make things right. Further, as a kid you are taught that the defender often gets the same punishment as the offender. For example, a common policy in schools today is that both kids get expelled for fighting. So, in the Bus Tunnel incident you have security guards that likely have been taught that there is no reward for intervention,only punishment.
Now, before you go off and suggest that I think fighting resolves issues, no, my track record is pretty clear. What I am saying is you have a right to defend yourself.
The more you pull on this thread the more aspects of this event unravel, but I want to stick to this narrow point.
We now have:
1. A strata of society that follows the rules they have established for reasonable and safe interaction
2. The bad people intuitively understand that all those other people are an easy resource
These bad people know that the others will seek authority and that takes time and further that authority, often, is a paper tiger.
After review, the policies will be found to be in order; however, they will be changed a little. The guards will keep their jobs because they followed polices (and if terminated will have grounds for a lawsuit for wrongful termination). The girl that got beaten down will have a pile of medical bills and possible long- term injury. The bad girl that kicked the bejesus out of the other one will wind up in court and placed on some form of parole. And the rest of the people will avoid the bus tunnel because bad things happen there.
Talk amongst yourselves.
Also if you need more information on violence get it here: Rory Miller, the Author of Meditations on Violence, at West Seattle Karate Academy, Sat, Feb 20th. More Info
Here is the security camera footage for your review.
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