A trending video, captured with security cameras, is earning standing ovations for its everyday twelve-year-old hero. Weighing in at less than half the man’s weight, this brave boy didn’t hesitate to show the crook the door.
Imagine your son coming home from school, smiling, and chattering on about how he foiled a robbery at a jewelry store. Before you laugh, check it out online. You may find a video of your son, the citizen hero.
With the growing presence of surveillance cameras in businesses, homes and even on street corners, more and more everyday heroes are taking bows. Although violent crime is declining, the FBI reports over 1.2 million violent crimes in the United States alone*. Bring on the heroes.
What makes this boy a hero, rather than a dangerous vigilante, is that he acted instantly in self defense, never trying to harm the perpetrator. Watch as this twelve year hold opens the door for the thief. He calmly watches the man put down his bag. He reacts instantly as the gun comes out, grabbing it and turning it up and away, then pulling the man towards him. He shows not a moment of fear or hesitation. He’s either watched plenty of martial arts films, or had training.
The shocked burglar, unable to process that he was tackled by a boy less than half his size, runs out the door with gun still in hand. The quick-thinking boy shuts and locks the door! Outside, surveillance cameras show the man try to shoulder the door back open, then—realizing spectators on the street are watching—he runs away. He left his bag in the store, prompting one sarcastic YouTube commenter to write, “They robbed that poor man of his bag.”
The video provoked endless discussion online, surprisingly little of it condemning the dangers of vigilantism. Online, this hero received the equivalent of a standing ovation, with over 586,000 views, 1365 thumbs-up on YouTube, and plenty of accolades:
- “This kid’s a hero.”
- “I wish I could say I’d be that brave.”
- “Lesson learned: hire 12-year-old security guards.”
- “This kid sums up 80 percent of my daydreams during elementary school.”
- “So, the kid could have been shot, but we all have to cheer his bravery.”