Originally posted by pink12 on September 15, 2021 19:32
What I think should have governed Cash's actions was the fact that someone was clearly getting assaulted. Although it was his friend who committed the crime, it gives Cash no right to stay quiet. In doing so, he is almost in the wrong just as much as Jeremy was because he could have said something or gotten help in the span of 20 minutes to save a seven year olds life. If someone witnesses someone doing something wrong, even if its a friend or family member, to an extent you should talk to them or get other people involved. If someone is physically getting hurt then it needs to be taken more seriously then if someone is stealing something from a store. Neither action is right, but to an extent you may need to become more involved. If a bystander sees someone struggling in some way, it is their job to help the victim. In "The Bystander Effect In The Cellphone Age", there is a fire and a bystander immediately starts taking photos. Another man comes over and gets all the people out of the house since he can tell that things are not obviously ok. Instead of standing their taking videos and photos for social media people need to start looking out for others. Although a crime was not committed, the bystander is very much in the wrong for standing around and doing nothing to help. Furthermore in "Nightmare on the 36 Bus", a disorderly man was actively punching and hurting a young boy, while bystanders were on the bus. Just like Cash, the bystanders sat and watched without getting up nor saying anything to this man. Not only did they watch the boy get punched once, but they all watched again as he got punched in the nose with blood going everywhere. The bus driver didn't even report it and said that she didn't see anything. One of the bystanders said they couldn't sleep that night since they were so worried for the boy and regret not stepping in or taking action. It should become a law that if a bystander sees violence or someone seeking help it is their responsibility to either contact authorities or get involved to stop the event from intensifying.
I find it really interesting that you said David was just as wrong as Jeremy because he stayed quiet and didn't get help. And I totally agree that a law should be created to prevent bystanders from essentially being bystanders.