Posted on June 7, 2013

My Son: Victim of ‘Knockout Game’

Roan Ciardi, WND, June 6, 2013

While on my lunch break this week, I read Colin Flaherty’s WND story on the Syracuse man who died from the malicious “Knockout Game” – in which black youth search for a beat a lone white person. I thought to myself, God cannot come back soon enough.

I then thought how I would feel if this happened to anyone in my family or, heaven forbid, one of my children. Well, now I know: The same day, around 4 p.m., my son called me from a friend’s house with his voice shaking as he described to me EXACTLY what I had just read about in Flaherty’s article.

Dominic was riding over to a friend’s house to show him his new lacrosse stick. Two black youths, or possibly even young adults, jumped out from behind a tree, knocked my 12-year-old son off his bike, grabbed his lacrosse stick and hit him in the face with it.

Before he could get to his feet, the blow to his face made him fall back down, and blood profusely flowed. The two blacks then laughed as my son lay on the ground bleeding.

The one kid handed the stick to the other who then threw it at my son’s head before laughing some more and running off. My son was riding a $500 mountain bike and carrying a shiny new silver and red lacrosse stick.

Did my son know these two hoodlums, you ask? Never seen them before. Did they take anything? Nope.

You won’t read about this in any paper or see it on the news. Police and reporters say this is a “minor” crime. {snip}

These crimes are only minor when they happen to someone else. To our family, this was a major crime. And it will be a major crime to the next family as well.

I told the police what I thought it was – “The Knockout Game.” Of the two officers I spoke with, one dismissed it as random. The other officer, who grew up in Syracuse and was aware of the game and what happened there, said he had not encountered it here, but did make a note in his report as this being a possibility.