Hitchcockian Terror at DC’s L’Enfant Metro Station
Americans have breeding monsters apparently, because Sunday night in DC’s L’Enfant Plaza Metro station, 47 year old Allen Haywood was relentlessly and cruelly attacked for no reason by several kids who appeared to be around 11 or 12 years old. While onlookers shot video of the attack with their cell phones and laughed, no one stepped in to help him. It appears almost Hitchcockian; terror where you least expect it, surrounded by a swarm of mocking, cell phone carrying children.
The TDB blog reports:
“Haywood was trying to transfer to the Yellow Line around 7:15 p.m. when the assault happened. He was headed home to Fort Totten after working out at Results on Capitol Hill, a gym bag slung over his shoulder and a book in his hands. As he read with his back to the station wall, “all of a sudden someone whacked me on the back of the head really hard,” he recalls.
Haywood turned around. The boy looked to be about 11 or 12 years old. Baffled, Haywood asked, “What the fuck are you doing?” The boy stood there laughing. Then someone else cracked Haywood from the other side. He turned around again. This time it was the girl in the video above. She didn’t stop swinging for more than a full minute, chasing Haywood around the platform as other kids egged her on.
As seen in the video, Haywood repeatedly asked the girl why she was attacking him, pleading with her to end it. “Stop it! Stop it! Goddamn it! You stop this shit right now! I did nothing to you!”…
By the time he got home he had bruises all over his face and a knot on his head, though the bleeding had stopped.”
If you watch the video, you can see the crowd of kids holding cell phones up and laughing as this man is literally terrorized. It must have been shocking to be attacked by 11 year olds. We could chalk this up to “bystanders syndrome”, a theory that there’s a diffusion of responsibility people are said to undergo in groups based upon theories that larger numbers of bystanders decrease the likelihood that someone will step forward and help a victim, but laughing at a victim? That’s a new low.