Last week 4 teens watched a disabled man swim into the middle of a lake and the yelled for help. They laughed and took a video while the man drowned. They put it on Facebook. What do you think should happen to the teens?


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Ancient One Profile
Ancient One answered

If there isn't there should be a law that states if you see someone in danger or fighting for their life you should do the minimum and make a phone call to 911.  In this case besides public rebuke and parental condemnation they will have to live with their lack of action for the rest of their lives and eventually answer for it. Theyi should at a minimum be made to attend the man's funeral and apoligise to his family.

Toni Pauze Profile
Toni Pauze answered

I was ticked off when I read about this. I also think they should at least have to community service. Wonder what their parents thought?

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Toni Pauze
Toni Pauze commented
I totally agree Danae
PJ Stein
PJ Stein commented
They aren't releasing the names of the teens because they are minors, so I am sure the parents are not making any statements to protect their children. There have been threats on their lives.
Danae Hitch
Danae Hitch commented
I can believe that. I don't agree with the death threats but if that made at least one kid re-think their behavior, then I'm good.
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COCOA, Fla. (AP) -- The five teens who authorities say recorded a man drowning could now face charges for not reporting the man's death.

However, many have argued why the boys aren't being charged for not even helping the man. The video they recorded shows the man struggling and begging for help in a retention pond in Cocoa, Florida, while the 14 to 16-year-olds laughed, taunted, and watched the man die.

Legally, the teens weren't obligated to help. The State Attorney's office says generally, a person is not criminally liable for failing to help someone.

An exception, authorities say, is if you have some duty to care. That means a parent, guardian, or a position with a responsibility - such as a lifeguard, that assumes certain duty to care for people.

"It might not be illegal, but, it's not morally right," said, Al Haines, a Tallahassee resident.

If we want to stop this social media crap that everyone is doing, then we're going to have to enact legislation that addresses this. So many people are outraged over this - but I'm betting the kids get charged with failure to report a death - do 10 hours of community service - and that's it. These 5 kids are just the tip of the iceberg. There are more idiots out there. It's a sad, sick world we live in now.

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Toni Pauze
Toni Pauze commented
Yep put it on you tube. That's how the police caught them.
PJ Stein
PJ Stein commented
There was also the 18 year old live streaming driving drunk with her sister and a friend of the sister in the back. She wrecked the car killing her sister and severely injuring the friend. Neither of them had seatbelts on. In the video she is crying that her sister is dying and she is going to go to jail. It is like the thought to stop recording and calling 911 never crossed her mind.
Toni Pauze
Toni Pauze commented
I saw that! Please what is wrong with these kids?
lady horse Profile
lady horse answered

I am sorry I posted in the wrong place...

Very sad and tugged at my heart for the victim and his family. Severe punishment needs to ensue so they never forget what they did for the rest of their lives.

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Walt O'Reagun answered

Danae brings up the legality of the question.

What most people don't know, is that legality also applies to police in many states.  They are under NO legal obligation to render aid or protect citizens - unless the citizen has a prior relationship with the police.  (EG: Informant)

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