I may or may not have already mentioned the pastime sweeping the country as of late.
It’s called “Point ‘em Out, Knock ‘em Out” or the “Knockout Game.”
Either way, the name is self-explanatory. You pick a random person out of the crowd and then you go slug them with the goal of rendering them unconscious.
There’s no financial incentive, as nobody ever gets robbed. And there’s no sexual component, as nobody ever gets raped.
It’s just about punching people out for punching people out’s sake, which is apparently a big thing among bored, urban teenagers these days.
Obviously, this is extremely dangerous for the clueless, crimeless victims. But it’s also dangerous to the thugs carrying it out, as grossly immature, selfish little brat, 17-year-old Marvell Weaver found out on February 26.
That was the day he picked out a victim who was waiting for his six-year-old daughter to be dropped off from school. Armed with a taser, he was adding a new element to the game.
Luck was not with Weaver though. Not only did the taser not work, but his intended victim was legally packing a .40 caliber pistol.
The 17-year-old ended up getting shot once in the leg and once again just an inch away from his spine. He was also arrested and is now officially sentenced to a 1-year prison term for the attack.
Fortunately, the kid isn’t as dumb as he was pretending, and he seems to have learned a lesson, acknowledging that playing the Knockout Game was a poor decision in the first place and that he got off lucky considering everything.
He also admitted that this wasn’t his first go-round. He had attacked random people before: “Not many. Six or seven. It wouldn’t be an everyday game, just a certain game to be played on certain days. You don’t even try to rob them or anything. That’s the game.”
According to Weaver, the Knockout Game isn’t gang related either. It’s just something that bored teenagers play, encouraging others to follow along in their criminal footsteps by recording it and posting it online.