Letter: Witnesses have to get involved

By on December 10, 2009

This is my first time writing a letter to you, but I wanted to comment on the bystander incident that happened at Richmond High School in California last month, in which a 15-year-old girl was gang-raped and beaten.

The worst thing about it? Many people saw it and didn’t do anything. It’s sad to say, but as many as 15 young men stood and watched, and some even took videos with their cell phones. To make matters worse, it happened just outside a school during the homecoming dance, the last place where something like that should happen.

This is one example that proves that people can be violent and uncivilized. I still can’t believe that we are living in a civilized society where so many people are apathetic. Whatever happen to the saying that “one person can change the world”? Or that “a crime against one innocent is a crime against all mankind”? It really says something about human beings.

I can’t imagine what the girl is going through. She was in the hospital in critical condition and her name has not been released.

Here’s what I have to say about this horrifying incident: the witness who does nothing is just as bad as the person who does harm.

Marina Alcantara
KHS student