A 16-year-old died after being stabbed during a street brawl in Oceanside, New York, last week. More than fifty Long Island teenagers stood by and watched as a teenage boy lay bleeding out after a fight outside a strip mall earlier this week. Khaseen Morris was just sixteen when he was fatally stabbed during a fight – and not a single bystander stepped in to help.
Morris died in hospital shortly after the incident, and police are flabbergasted over the lack of response by his peers. There is one potential upside, though – the fact that so many filmed the stabbing means that they shouldn’t have too much trouble identifying the perpetrator.
The fact that otherwise morally good and law-abiding citizens can sit back and not do anything when witnessing something horrific is pretty frightening.
“They videoed his death instead of helping him,” Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick of the Nassau County Police Department told reporters at a press conference adding: “This can’t go on. Your friends are dying while you stand there and video it. That’s egregious.”
Fitzpatrick addressed the students who posted the videos on social media, asking them to come forward immediately and share any information they have.
“There’s got to be about 50, 60, 70 kids here,” he said. “We have a handful of kids that have come forward and have identified subjects involved in this. There is definitely more.”
He added that “after I put handcuffs on you is not going to be the time” to come forward.
This video shows scenes of Morris’s death that some readers may find disturbing: