Two teenage girls attacked a boy attempting to defend his autistic friend from the girls’ wrath:
A pair of teenage girls were approached about bullying an autistic girl in Emerson Greens, Bristol at the Winterbourne International Academy. When the autistic girl’s friend attempted to stop the abuse, the teenage girls turned their attention on him, brutally beating him instead.
Jake Andrews, 14-years-old, stepped in to stop his autistic friend from being bullied further by the two teenage girls. He knew his friend did nothing wrong and felt it was the right thing to do. However, when he encountered the teenage girls, they quickly turned their sites on him while the autistic friend recorded the incident. Andrews was not anticipating a fight, nor did he believe the teenage girls would beat him so brutally as he attempted to find out why they were bullying his autistic friend. Yet, without much warning, both girls ascended on him and began their brutal attack.
As the video is recorded, the teenage girls can be heard screaming obscenities as Andrews attempted to make his escape. Neither of the girls would allow Andrews to escape, especially with the video being recorded, so they continued their beating and attempted to steal his phone.
My godson showed me the video on YouTube. The first thing that came to mind is that they are lucky he was not Andrews. Andrews’s mother told reporters, “We brought him up not to hit girls and the footage really shows that.”
Yes, it does. Aside from a short kick and trying to push one of the girls off him, he stands there and gets pummeled. Had that been my godson, it would have been over the first time they laid hands on the autistic girl, let alone her friend, let alone himself. This is a situation in which Andrews should have defended himself. It is not courageous to allow someone to beat up people because they are female.
The second thing that came to mind is that the girls knew no one would stop them and that if anyone tried to they could play the victims:
The video, which was filmed in Emersons Green, Bristol, then shows one of the bullies delving into the boy’s pockets and apparently trying to grab his phone.
‘Why are you touching my phone?, he asks, and one of the girls responds: ‘Because you’re f***ing videoing me. Move it from my face.’
She then drags him to one side and throws him over a hedge, throwing her fists at him before shouting: ”F**ing hit me again and watch me get you killed.’
The reason she could say that with a fair amount of certainty is because of people like Andrews’s mother. If people think that boys should never hit girls, then violent girls will be able to turn a boy’s self-defense against him. She could always claim he hit her first or that his strike was much worse. Who would disbelieve her?
The girls were expelled from school, and the police say they are investigating the assault. I cannot imagine the girls will face any charges or that their expulsion would last long. When girls behave violently, they typically get away with it without much, if any, punishment.
However, this should be a lesson to parents with sons that teaching boys to never hit girls is not a smart idea. Andrews’s mother is lucky that these girls chose to use their fists and feet rather than a weapon. She is lucky they chose to keep their attacks simple and quick rather than sustained. It would have taken very little for them to use more force and severely injure him.