The death of Johnathan Lewis is tragic and should be a lesson for us all.
A grieving father in Nevada has paid tribute to his 17-year-old son’s “heart of a champion” and denounced the scourge of teenage violence after the boy was beaten to death by a mob outside his high school for defending a smaller child.
Jonathan Lewis said his son – also named Jonathan – died at the University medical center in Las Vegas last Tuesday, one week after the attack involving about 15 others near the city’s Rancho high school.
Witnesses say the teenager was pushed into a fence then repeatedly struck by the members of the mob when he stood up for a younger friend who had been thrown into a trash can.
Doing a forensic analysis of something like this is terrible. It’s particularly terrible because Lewis is a teenager and teenagers are unable to carry weapons to defend themselves.
I don’t want to say he should have watched another person get bullied and shoved into a trash can because I believe in protecting the innocent.
Lewis died of head trauma, beat to death by a large group. Reality is that it’s impossible to defend yourself against a mob without a weapon. It’s death by a hundred punches.
The safest course of action with a mob, and the only course of action when facing a mob unarmed, is to run.
Don’t let yourself get mobbed. Even with a bunch of teenagers, it’s a death sentence.