At least three dead in ‘Knockout’ fad

The 15-year-old who knocked out a Pittsburgh teacher was charged with simple assault. (Image from KDKA.com video)

The 15-year-old who knocked out a Pittsburgh teacher was charged with simple assault. (Image from KDKA.com video)

It’s an ancient, troubling question: Do children emulate the behavior they see portrayed in video games or do video games simply emulate life?

Plenty of kids have joined the military after playing games developed by the military.

And how many have injured themselves while leaping for mushrooms or getting wedged in a giant green pipe while trying to rescue a kidnapped lover?

Now, word comes word that kids are running around and punching innocent pedestrians for no reason, a behavior many who have played Grand Theft Auto 5 have witnessed as they punch the buttons of their controller.

CBS News reports three people have been killed in Syracuse, St. Louis and New Jersey in the  ”terrifying new game” that may be “sweeping the nation.”

In New Jersey, three teens have been arrested in New Jersey for punching and killing a homeless man. A man interviewed there says teens call the fad ‘Knockout’ and dare each other to perform a “one hitter quitter,” which means knocking out a random pedestrian with one punch.

Fox News has a summary of other recent attacks.

A Pittsburgh-area teacher survived a surprise punch and said he doesn’t remember the incident. The 15-year-old who knocked him unconscious is charged with simple assault. He has not been identified because he is a juvenile.

Two Syracuse teens that punched and killed a man were sentenced to 18 months confinement in a “family court ” case.

Laughing teens interviewed by CBS, whose faces are blurred because they are minors, said ‘Knockout’ is not about “anger,” it’s about fun.

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NOTE: I am closing comments before leaving work because I’ve had to delete over half of them today.





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This is why I'm conceal carry.

November 18th, 2013
8:54 am

it wont be long before they try this with someone like myself and end up eating lead. Then the panty wastes will come out crying oh the poor child.

Do their parents know what they do and do they care?

LydiasDad

November 18th, 2013
8:57 am

Knockout would be funny if someone off camera knocked out this kid while he was being interviewed. THAT would be worth watching. I’d pay to see it.

Abel

November 18th, 2013
8:57 am

This not a new “game”. It it assault and has been going on for several years. Packs of “Teens” sucker punching law abiding People as they walk past.

TechRon

November 18th, 2013
8:57 am

Bring back public flogging.

Fletch

November 18th, 2013
8:57 am

I wonder if any of these kids looked like Obama’s son? This is insane – if you don’t think that the youth of this country are remorseless, unguided and predatory animals, you are a damn fool. But let’s blame guns – because it is obviously not the fault of kids who think attacking innocent strangers is a barrel of fun.

Here is Barack Obama’s Amerika folks – keep playing the victim because ‘racial profiling’ is wrong, even if it will save your life. Liberal America blames whites, asians and hispanics for ‘profiling’ black men, but here’s another approach – STOP FITTING THE PROFILE!

LydiasDad

November 18th, 2013
8:58 am

“This is”: I’m betting the parents think it’s funny too. They probably even participate if they’re not in jail.

Mark

November 18th, 2013
8:59 am

Two Syracuse teens that punched and killed a man were sentenced to 18 months confinement in “family court.”
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So you kill a man and only get sentenced to 18 months confinement?

N-GA

November 18th, 2013
9:04 am

@ retch

You would be more accurate if you blame skinheads, bad-azz tattoo culture, Nascar violence, gang violence, professional wrestling violence, unlimited fighting violence, bullying, video game violence, movies (Chuck Norris, etal), TV violence, etc. All that predates Obama. I suspect it fits you……

LydiasDad

November 18th, 2013
9:09 am

So, is it really an “ancient” question whether kids emulate video games? What games were around in the Stone Age?

Fletch

November 18th, 2013
9:11 am

N-GA – um what? Please put together a coherent point when you get a second. What did I say that is factually inaccurate? I didn’t see any race cars, Chuck Norris, tattoos or skinheads in these videos – only black kids assaulting total strangers for fun, then interviewees talking about it like a game of horseshoes.

But you’re right, I’m obviously a total hatemonger racist for voicing the obvious thing that any logical person would deduce from watching this video. You got me.

Fletch

November 18th, 2013
9:13 am

Funnier still – these perpetrators were likely fed, clothed and housed by tax money from their victims.

tp

November 18th, 2013
9:13 am

The teens should be sent to jail so they can be introduced to another popular activity, “Sodomy”.

George Mathis

November 18th, 2013
9:15 am

LydiasDad — that was an attempt at humor.

Ghost

November 18th, 2013
9:16 am

I’m black and I also say they would be eating lead if one of a pack attacked me. Some kids are just stupid and serve no purpose.

BG

November 18th, 2013
9:22 am

Don’t bring fists to a gun fight. These kids are going to punch the wrong person and get blown away.

OBAMA SUCKS

November 18th, 2013
9:23 am

take out your gun and just shoot this scumbags……Worthless POS

Blueland Buddha

November 18th, 2013
9:29 am

This isnt a fad amonsgt teens. It’s a fad amongst hoodlums.

Chance Marcus Jones

November 18th, 2013
9:51 am

Lynn43

November 18th, 2013
9:51 am

An argument for forced birth control.

Austin Cole Edwards

November 18th, 2013
9:53 am

Mexico Mexico Mexico

Monkey Hunter

November 18th, 2013
9:54 am

Use the cameras to id these predators and whip them with bullwhips in the street. Most would be surprised how fast this crap would stop.

Waymon Duris Walker

November 18th, 2013
9:55 am

Ooh Canada Canada Canada Aye

Monkey Hunter

November 18th, 2013
9:55 am

I this 15 year old had attacked anyone in my family like this. He would be without his genitals within 2 weeks.

yup

November 18th, 2013
10:04 am

one day this country is going to wake up.

USC-69

November 18th, 2013
10:14 am

The frightened gun nuts on this blog are probably more responsible for this adolescent behavior than they are able to realize. Who threatened the kids? Who bought the video games? Who has paid to watch revenge movies over and over? Who walks around with a concealed weapon, hoping to be a hero? Who brags about what terrible revenge they will seek on anyone who threatens them? Hollywood and the video programmers only follow the dollar and the frightened, weak, American male, needing reassurance that he is not about to be humiliated, is the main purchaser of these items. Teach your kids better, eliminate their unmonitored access to electronics, and stop being afraid of your own children. Take responsibility.

Hand Full of Spades

November 18th, 2013
10:15 am

People, this type of of behavior has “unfortunately” been going on for ages…. Heck, remember how controversial the movie ” A Clockwork Orange” was in the 70’s? The plight of this Nation has been the youth’s emulation of violent gangs and sociopath’s they see on television and hear on the radio. The biggest issue with video games such as “Grand Theft Auto” is that older youth and adults have seemingly begun to emulate it along with the youth of this Nation….

Typical Redneck

November 18th, 2013
10:19 am

USC_69, “The frightened gun nuts on this blog are probably more responsible for this adolescent behavior than they are able to realize.”

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You ask a lot of questions and offer no answers. I have multiple weapons, both single shot and semi-automatic, which every member of my family is educated on. We are by no means gun nuts, but threaten one of us and you may find yourself six feet under.

TBone

November 18th, 2013
10:32 am

Is it just me or does this seem to be aggressive black youths violently attacking white folks? But this is characterized as a game and not a hate crime because I don’t see any black on black crime here. Obama the great unifier has sown the seeds of discontent. Pack heat is all that I will say.

Double Standard

November 18th, 2013
10:34 am

These kids grow up like animals that will need to be put down eventually .

When did this become about our President?

November 18th, 2013
10:41 am

Fletch

November 18th, 2013
8:57 am

I wonder if any of these kids looked like Obama’s son? This is insane – if you don’t think that the youth of this country are remorseless, unguided and predatory animals, you are a damn fool. But let’s blame guns – because it is obviously not the fault of kids who think attacking innocent strangers is a barrel of fun.

Here is Barack Obama’s Amerika folks – keep playing the victim because ‘racial profiling’ is wrong, even if it will save your life. Liberal America blames whites, asians and hispanics for ‘profiling’ black men, but here’s another approach – STOP FITTING THE PROFILE!
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Tell me when did this become about our President and not about these horrible kids doing horrible things?

Hesus

November 18th, 2013
10:43 am

More of God’s garbage

DeezNuts

November 18th, 2013
10:52 am

Maybe if yall spent as much time on local elections and who your judges are as you do whining about the president, then some of these kids you want to kill would get longer sentences and spend more time in jail and you could go back to doing something productive with your lives besides whining all the time. Last time I checked, Obama doesn’t appoint state judges.

LydiasDad

November 18th, 2013
11:15 am

When did this become about the President, you ask? When the President criticized Zimmerman and stuck up for Trayvon, and now refuses to address the hundreds of black on white crimes. This is all about his hypocrisy. Thugs notice that he excuses their behavior by not mentioning it. He’s the first President, being black, who could actually address it without being called racist. This is all about Obama and the example he has set.

Hidden agenda

November 18th, 2013
11:22 am

Another story on the failure of our “justice” system. These kids have a financial obligation to their victims and their victims’ families. Their parents share in that obligation. Whether the financial responsibility can be covered in a year, 10 years, or takes their entire life, they and their parents MUST be on the hook for these acts. Our government is content with retribution (locking them up), but what about restitution?

DeezNuts

November 18th, 2013
11:28 am

LydiasDad, you’re out of touch. The president doesn’t have as much power over indivdual’s actions as you’d like to think. Hypocrisy knows no bounds. It’s all around us. It’s as abundant as the oxygen we breathe. If you are on a personal quest to expunge hypocrisy, then you should start with yourself. White people kill black people, black people kill white people, black people kill black people, white people kill white people, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE. It’s been going on for eternity and for you to think that it’s the President’s fault, even a little, is just completely delussional.

TomFoolery

November 18th, 2013
11:29 am

If this was white kids the media wouldn’t consider this a “fad”..it would be a national epidemic and we would have countless new stories on how racist America was while Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Obama would be calling for justice.

Bumper

November 18th, 2013
11:32 am

“Two Syracuse teens that punched and killed a man were sentenced to 18 months confinement in a “family court ” case.”

There’s a big part of the problem. You commit murder and the punishment is 18 months confinement. What kind of deterrent is that? Harsh as it seems I have to agree with the previous commenters who recommend using a gun for self protection. Just blast the little predators and let the empty brass fall where it may.

DeezNuts

November 18th, 2013
11:36 am

What the Hell and I doing? Yall got me, I’m wasting my time here. Nothing you or I type on this stupid comment section is going to make a difference in anyone’s life. What a waste of energy. Have a good life.

Scott in Marietta

November 18th, 2013
11:43 am

One more really good reason I carry a concealed weapon. If these punks try to wage violence against me or my family, they’ll rue the day. Our society is on a rapid downhill slide … this little “game” is a symptom of a much larger problem that seems to have no solution. Arm yourselves, citizens!

TBone

November 18th, 2013
11:44 am

how many of the these aspiring thugs already carries a Glock or S&W or Ruger 9 mm? More of the same gangbang mentality on display here.

Sam the Sham

November 18th, 2013
11:46 am

But, for Gods sake, don’t cross the street when you see them coming. That’s racist.

Fletch

November 18th, 2013
11:48 am

When did this become about our President? – Well, when the President comes out to indicate paternal linkage to Trayvon Martin, yet won’t acknowledge any connection kids who are perpetrators instead of victims, I give pause. Like most of his presidency, he wholeheartedly takes great pride in his involvement with successes, disappears from any connection from failure. If he was really an advocate of social justice, he and his cronies would invest themselves in the entirety of the issue, not just the ones that make them look good. The bottom line is that he picks and chooses how and with whom he is in fraternity with – which is hypocrisy. Worse yet, his base (folks like you) somehow are able to glean these kids as the victims. Not beating a stranger shouldn’t be a finer point of humanity.

PR

November 18th, 2013
11:50 am

Time to quit hiding their faces. Treat them as adults..try the adults…and send them to adult prison. When Bubba bends them over they won’t thinks its fun anymore. Maybe if we started treating these little POS like the a-hole they are we could scare some into behaving. We have babied today’s kids too much…they think they can get away with anything. Time to get tough.

Fletch

November 18th, 2013
11:51 am

Hidden agenda – only problem with that approach is the whole “blood from a turnip” scenario. They likely don’t have the ability to pay any sort of restitution, now or ever. Hanging out in front of the corner store doesn’t pay very well and their entire net worth is in their pocket and around their neck. Unfortunately, I don’t think the jail time scares them too much either. How do you punish something with nothing?

norman

November 18th, 2013
12:02 pm

Be aware of your surroundings. According to this article, you may randomly get sucker punched.

Really?

November 18th, 2013
12:10 pm

If you are sucker punched in the face and knocked out, I want to see you pull your gun and “take care” of these thugs.

wareagle

November 18th, 2013
12:17 pm

if you see a pack- just stand your ground and blast them. You feared for your life. One story, and if the judge does not believe you, tell him to ask the did guy. He’ll tell you the same thing.

Raiderbeater

November 18th, 2013
12:22 pm

Chuck Norris blows up and kung-fus Commies and Columbian Drug Lords in his movies. These kids assault your grandmother for fun.

Businessman

November 18th, 2013
12:39 pm

They are video games, how ancient could the question be?

Bernie31

November 18th, 2013
12:41 pm

Pookie and his Miscreant Friends having FUN at the expense of the OLD and vulnerable! These are the individuals that should be STOPPED and FRISKED! NOT every person of COLOR, The NYPD sees, like they have been doing.

All groups of Young people no Matter the Color strikes Fear in ME whenever I see them. For You Never know what they are thinking and Planning! Especially those from Wealthy and affluent Communities…they are the scariest! For they come armed with well heeled Lawyers after their attacks!