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Posted on Thu, Oct 23, 2008 07:46

I remember the screaming. Hearing that sheer terror in the voices. I grabbed my cell phone as I ran out the door and running down the street dialing 911. It's pure chaos at the top of the street and there laying on the curb along one driveway is one young man. Frustration as 911 has me on hold I go to him. No one is helping him and he's just laying there. Doing a quick visual assessment of his injuries I tell his friend to come and apply pressure to the worst of the wounds. Finally getting through to an operator and being told that Police are on the scene, I remember giving her hell and telling her that we need an ambulance immediately and the seriousness of the wounds. I hear a neighbour near me commenting "stupid teens". Does it matter if they are teens or not, this boy is hurt and needs help. Trying to calm his girlfriend down and to get him to calm down. Telling him to focus on his mother and family. To focus on living. To focus on his friends. There is so much blood. But he's still talking and is watching me, as I simply hold his feet up and stroke his leg reassuring. What is taking the paramedics so long? Why is no one else trying to help? Everyone is running around in pure chaos, there needs to be some order and comfort given. Finally a paramedic arrives and I move away to move people back to give him room. As the shirt is cut away the severity of the wounds shocks even me. This kid should be dead. Why was this done to him? I sense that he's a good guy and just an innocent victim, and this is later confirmed. He was trying to protect his friend's girlfriend from being assaulted by younger teen boys. His friend never made it though and died that night. There were other adults all around and yet not one stepped up and tried to help. One neighbour had done all she could at the start of this and called police on being woken up. She's badly shaken as this all happened on her front lawn and pretty much in front of her eyes. Holding so many people that night in comforting, supportive hugs. Yet there were men there who never even tried to help and merely gawked. The excuses I hear from people as to why not to get involved make me sicker then the sight of those wounds. Why don't people want to get involved?


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Posted on Sun, Oct 26, 2008 20:53

Its so hard now to distinguish between someone that is actually in pain, and a kid just playing around.. I think many people feel like if they dont get involved with someone then it is not their fault if the person dies, or they just dont want to end up the target also. What you did was honorable. <3


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Posted on Sun, Oct 26, 2008 17:58

Angel....This blog is heart wrenching and yet this type of thing happens all to often in our society....why?? Because of ARROGANCE & IGNORANCE wich i'm finding to be all too common now a days. Instead of having any kind of empathy or compassion for the victim, it seems as though most people enjoy blaming the victim for being abused or assaulted making the victim feel as though he or she is being victimized twice. Many people feel that they are somehow much more intelligent then everyone else and that "bad things" could never happen to them because they are just too smart....I wonder who they will blame when something bad does happen to them and they are being judged instead of helped by those same people they called "friends."


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