The Bengal Beat

Boy Stabs “Friend” in the Back

The+14-year-old+from+Oklahoma+was+more+than+just+stabbed+in+the+back%2C+she+was+attacked+by+someone+she+thought+she+could+trust+%28Photo+courtesy+of+Pixabay%2C+photo+credits+to+PublicDomainImages%29.
The 14-year-old from Oklahoma was more than just stabbed in the back, she was attacked by someone she thought she could trust (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to PublicDomainImages).

The 14-year-old from Oklahoma was more than just stabbed in the back, she was attacked by someone she thought she could trust (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to PublicDomainImages).

PublicDomainImages

PublicDomainImages

The 14-year-old from Oklahoma was more than just stabbed in the back, she was attacked by someone she thought she could trust (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to PublicDomainImages).

Advertisement

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






On August 16, Luther High School in Oklahoma welcomed students back with a back-to-school assembly. Amongst the crowd, there was an unnamed 14-year-old girl sitting, unaware of what was about to occur. A boy of the same age shocked everyone when he quietly approached the girl and proceeded to stab her an estimated eleven times. According to the police chief of Luther, David Randall, the girl rejected the boy’s multiple romantic advances, saying that she would rather be friends. The girl had no idea that the boy felt any malice against her, and thought they were on good terms. The girl recovered fully; however, the attack caused her to go unconscious until she received medical service. From the start, police suspected the motive to be related to toxic masculinity, but were still surprised that the attack even occurred.

This story is just plain sad; it was a gross attack on someone who simply said “no.” We live in a society where atrocities like this are almost shrugged off as if they are nothing out of the normal. Although the media loves to exaggerate stories, for their own economic gain from time to time, stories like this one show us the state of which America’s schools are in, and even the state of society. They reflect the sad reality that some men feel that they can make retaliations against women for rejecting their advances, and feel that such retaliations are justified.

This toxic masculinity has been growing in society throughout the years. Such examples include, men who are found guilty of sexual assault are often given lighter sentences than what is commonly believed to be deserved. One such case is a Montana Judge, who gave a teacher only 30-days of prison time after raping a 14-year-old student, who killed herself just two years later. He gave that light sentence because the student “looked older than her chronological age.” Why is this? Why is this a justified reason? One such explanation is the idea of rape culture, or the normalization of sexual violence. This cultural “norm” has been inserted into many aspects of society in all age groups.

Some believe that rape culture does not exist, and although the existence of the idea can be debated, the effects are indisputable. People, specifically women, are constantly harassed, blamed, and ignored when they come forth with sexual assault allegations. Men are statistically higher as attackers and are generally taught from a young age to be more dominant.

How does this idea of rape culture fit into the Oklahoma story? The societal lesson of normalizing assault begins with a commonly used high school term: the friend zone. The word is used often by teens, particularly boys, who believe that someone, who they have romantically pursued, has wronged them by saying that they just want to be friends. The friend zone, though, has no reason to be perpetuated; often the only true advocates of the friend zone are people who are bitter about not being told ‘yes.’ The malice festers and eventually shows when one person lashes out.

The worst part? This is not unordinary.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

BMCN intends for this area to be used to foster healthy, thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful and constructive. Comments are reviewed and must be approved by a moderator and the author of the article to ensure that they meet these standards.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Boy Stabs “Friend” in the Back

    News

    Nike Swoops in with Kaepernick

  • Boy Stabs “Friend” in the Back

    News

    “Off the Chain,” or Off the Hook?

  • Boy Stabs “Friend” in the Back

    News

    Justice Delayed or Denied?

  • Boy Stabs “Friend” in the Back

    News

    Bittersweet Reunions for Korean Families

  • Boy Stabs “Friend” in the Back

    News

    Abusing Their Power

  • Boy Stabs “Friend” in the Back

    News

    Where Were You?

  • Boy Stabs “Friend” in the Back

    News

    Gunn Feels Kickback From Offensive Tweets

  • Boy Stabs “Friend” in the Back

    Feature Page

    Crazy Poor Asian Representation

  • Boy Stabs “Friend” in the Back

    News

    Democracy in Nicaragua: The Fifth Time’s the Charm!

  • Boy Stabs “Friend” in the Back

    News

    Guns and Roses: National Walkout on March 14th

Don't Miss A Beat
Boy Stabs “Friend” in the Back