Khaseen Morris (2019) Image copyright Nassau County Police A New York teenager has been charged with the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old boy whom bystanders filmed bleeding to death. Tyler Flach, 18, is accused of second-degree murder in the deadly after-school brawl that broke out not far from the victim's Long Island school. An avoidable murder of a student caught on tape: the sickening power of the bystander effect On Sept. 17, the life of a 16-year-old high schooler in Long Island ended tragically in a violent brawl outside a strip mall. Khaseen Morris was told to show up outside the mall at a certain time by several others his age, after he was seen walking home the girlfriend of another boy. Morris showed up and was immediately attacked by a group of five teenagers. A senseless brawl erupted and Morris was stabbed repeatedly in the chest, dying later that night in the hospital. The tragedy of Morris’s murder extends beyond the senselessness of his violent death and the fact that an innocent young life ended so abruptly over a trivial adolescent dispute.
Diffusion of Responsibility: Definition and Examples in Psychology What causes people to intervene and help others? Psychologists have found that people are sometimes less likely to help out when there are others present, a phenomenon known as the bystander effect. One reason the bystander effect occurs is due to diffusion of responsibility: when others are around who could also help, people may feel less responsible for helping. Key Takeaways: Diffusion of Responsibility Diffusion of responsibility occurs when people feel less responsibility for taking action in a given situation, because there are other people who could also be responsible for taking action.In a famous study on diffusion of responsibility, people were less likely to help someone having a seizure when they believed there were others present who also could have helped.Diffusion of responsibility is especially likely to happen in relatively ambiguous situations. Famous Research on Diffusion of Responsibility
Why we still look away: Kitty Genovese, James Bulger and the bystander effect More than half a century later, the death of Kitty Genovese continues to remind us of the disconnect between what we believe about ourselves and how we really act under pressure. The murder of the 28-year-old outside her apartment in the Queens neighborhood of Kew Gardens in the early morning of 13 March 1964 rippled through New York City and around the world. How could a young, independent woman who lived on her own terms be so easily struck down? How could so many neighbors look on and turn away as she was stabbed repeatedly on the street and in her apartment building? What did that collective inability to act reveal about ourselves, our communities, and our belief systems? Genovese’s killer, Winston Moseley, died in prison this week, bringing the case and its implications back into the spotlight.
Phones turning us into apathetic bystanders, says top psychologist Smartphones are turning people into “apathetic bystanders” who would rather document unfolding events than help those in trouble, a London psychologist has warned. Dr Linda Papadopoulos said an obsession with filming incidents on mobile devices had turned people into “passive observers” instead of “active participants”. She made the comments after footage showing a man kung-fu-style kicking a female police officer into the path of a bus in the borough of Merton went viral online. Dr Papadopoulos told the Evening Standard: “Don’t just document — engage if you can help someone yourself, or by getting somebody. Be aware of your surroundings as an active participant, not just as a passive observer. Put the phone down, look around you sometimes.”
Jane Doe of Richmond High (2009) MARTINEZ — Nearly four years after a gang rape at Richmond High School stunned the community and drew nationwide outrage, the victim of the brutal attack took the witness stand for the first time to recount her memories before she awoke the next day in “excruciating pain” in a trauma center. Jane Doe, who was a 16-year-old sophomore at the time of the attack, testified Monday she did not remember being sexually assaulted by a group of boys and men in a dark courtyard outside the school’s homecoming dance. But she recalled vividly the painful aftermath in the hospital. “My head really hurt, and I saw five of everybody staring at me,” said Doe, whose identity is being protected. “I felt very nauseous, as if someone had taken out my insides and stabbed them and put them back in.” Testifying at the trial of two of the men accused of taking part in the assault, the slight woman appeared nervous as she walked in the courtroom with stiff arms.
Sexual assault and the bystander effect: Inaction of passers-by is a grave problem which needs to be addressed - India News , Firstpost Why do bystanders often stand and stare instead of helping the victim? Turns out this is a well-documented psychological phenomenon. On 29 April, in Jehanabad, Bihar, a group of men molested a minor girl in broad daylight, while the people who had gathered around the scene did nothing to help her. Some even took videos of the incident, which then went viral. "Intervene" Bystander Campaign Project Description The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health, in collaboration with the Cornell Interactive Theater Ensemble, has developed a new bystander intervention video and workshop called Intervene © 2016. What is Intervene? Intervene is both a video and a workshop: Video: The online 20-minute video Intervene includes brief filmed scenarios demonstrating ways in which student bystanders can successfully intervene in problematic situations. Seven different situations are addressed, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence (emotional abuse), hazing, alcohol emergency, emotional distress, and bias.
The Bystander Effect: Why it matters for beating cyberbullying If you saw someone being assaulted on the street would you keep on walking assuming someone else would step in or would you help the person in need? The ‘bystander effect’ refers to incidents where an individual in need of help is not assisted by an onlooker because the onlooker assumes that someone else will step in – the implication being that when in a crowd, we do not feel as accountable as we might when alone. Cyberbullying: Dr. Mary Aiken Explains Bystander Effect [youtube id=”E34mrx1FuLI”] How does this transfer to an online situation?
The Smoke-Filled Room If you were sitting in a waiting room and smoke began to billow out of a vent in the wall, you'd probably do something about it. At least, you'd report the problem to someone. Or maybe not. In a famous experiment conducted by John Darley and Bibb Latané during the 1960s, Columbia University students were invited to share their views about problems of urban life.