Instead, several did leave. Did they go back to the Homecoming dance as if nothing happened? No. Far worse than that. They went back to tell others to come out and watch what was happening.
Years ago as a kid I remember hearing about the Kitty Genovese murder. I could not comprehend how she was brutally attacked and murdered and no one did a thing. She cried out for help as she was being attacked in the street and was fighting for her life. Someone yelled from a window to leave her alone and the attacker fled. But when he saw that no one was coming to her aid, he returned to continue the assault into her apartment building. Although a number of people heard portions of the attack, no one picked up a phone to call police.
I can understand how people might be afraid to get involved for fear of losing their own life, but I can't understand for the life of me how people who would be in no danger picking up their telephone in the safety of their home, preferred to turn up their television sets or their radios to drown out the screams because as one coward said, "I didn't want to be involved."
What was so despicable in human behavior 45 years ago seems to have become the norm in today's society. Do we ask ourselves, if we continue to spiral downward, what will life be like 45 years from now? Something has to be done to stop the madness! A good place to start is with those guilty of this brutal crime in California. I say throw the book at all of them who were involved and lock them up for a long time!
Maya Muses: I'm not forgetting about those males who didn't physically participate, but participated as a spectator nonetheless. I say they too need to be reprimanded and held accountable for their behavior, and if they're not – then not only shame on them, but shame on us as a society to let that happen!