If you believe in the general goodness of humanity, you’d probably like to assume that if someone was seriously hurt and desperate for help in the middle of the street, people would stop and do something about it. Unfortunately, the exact opposite happened in Long Island this week, where more than 50 teens stood by as a 16-year-old boy died from a stab wound right before their eyes.
Khaseen Morris was stabbed in the chest during a fight on Monday, but instead of helping him, dozens of his peers stood idly by filming the incident on their phones and doing nothing, not even calling 911 to come to his aid.
He was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The incident took place just outside a strip mall in Oceanside, New York.
At a press conference held on Tuesday, Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick of the Nassau County Police Department admonished the witnesses who did nothing to help Morris, saying, “They videoed his death instead of helping him. This can’t go on. Your friends are dying while you stand there and video it. That’s egregious.”
Videos of the incident were published to Facebook, and Fitzpatrick urged those who were behind the cameras to come forward with any relevant info that might lead to the person responsible for Morris’s murder.
“There’s got to be about 50, 60, 70 kids here. We have a handful of kids that have come forward and have identified subjects involved in this. There is definitely more,” he revealed during the conference.
The fight is said to have broken out over a girl. According to Morris’s older sister Kedeemah, a girl in 10th grade asked her brother to walk her home, a move Kedeemah believes was designed to make the girl’s ex-boyfriend jealous. It seems to have worked, as Khaseen later told his sister that the ex-boyfriend had made threats against him. However, he didn’t think it was a big deal as he wasn’t romantically interested in the girl.
Unfortunately, it looks as if the situation escalated despite Khaseen’s best intentions. Now, a 16-year-old boy is dead and another teen is wanted for his murder. Perhaps even worse, we have to confront the fact that 50 teenagers simply watched as he died in the streets. How callous and cruel can you be, and what can we do to confront such senseless acts of violence?