Slap To The Face Gets Student Expelled

It's been called the Smacking Game. While we don't know if it's widespread or isolated, we do know that what was humiliating to one teenager got another teen expelled.

The parents of the victim are having a hard time understanding why it happened in the first place.

From fights to pranks, YouTube has all sorts of craziness documented on phone cameras. An incident at Benson High School last week ended up on there as well. One student was ticketed for misdemeanor assault and kicked out of school.

It’s not difficult finding videos of someone slapping others in the face as a joke. Activity like that among friends is one thing but when it involves a stranger and happens in a high school, that’s another matter.

It didn't take long for that cellphone video to sweep through Benson High. Teachers and teens saw the clip. It showed the suspect waving his hands because he knew it was being recorded. Then, from behind, he ran up to the 16-year-old and slapped him in the side of the face.

The victim’s father, who did not want to be identified, called it, "random violence,” and said, “Apparently, he thought he could get away with it.

"The whole thing is sad - sad that it happened, sad that this kid has such low self-esteem that he has to go hurt someone else. Or he wants to fit into another group."

The parents say Benson High responded quickly. The 15-year-old has been expelled. OPS said it's aware of the Smacking Game and that there are no clear indications it's widespread.

The victim’s father said, “You can't protect your kids all the time and I guess you hope it doesn't happen to your kid."

The 16-year-old was embarrassed by this, especially since it was put online. The 15-year-old was released to his parents and expelled.

We asked OPS if anything happened to the person who recorded the video but a district spokesperson said privacy laws prohibit them from talking about the matter.


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