A disturbing new trend is spreading across the country: the knockout game, sometimes known as point 'em out, knock 'em out, where a person - typically a teenager - punches an unsuspecting stranger in the head with the intention of knocking them out cold with one punch.
The victims are typically walking along minding their own business when they're knocked to the ground.
According to CBS2 in New York, fatalities have been reported as a result of the "game" in Syracuse, St. Louis and New Jersey.
"They're not tying to show their courage, they're trying to show their strength. 'Watch what I can do, watch what level of damage I can inflict,'" said psychologist Troy Melendez, who works with teens and adolescents and said this type of behavior is often considered a right of passage, especially for young men. "They're now an adult - a man - someone to be reckoned with, someone to be afraid of and I think our society holds that up as valuable."
In Lansing, MI, 17-year-old Marvell Weaver was recently shot twice after failing an attempt to knock out a stranger with a stun gun that misfired. His intended victim, who was waiting at a school bus stop to pick up his daughter, was legally carrying a concealed weapon. Weaver survived and was sentenced to a year in jail for the attack.
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