(ModernSurvival.org) – Kaleb Duckworth passed away Tuesday night from injuries sustained in a fight at an Applebee’s in Dawsonville, GA on Sunday. The confrontation between the teen and 20-year-old Daniel Lee Roberts reportedly began with an exchange of social media posts.
Roberts and two others showed up at the restaurant where Kaleb was dining. Words were exchanged before Roberts threw a punch at Kaleb, hitting him in the face. Kaleb’s head hit the ground when he fell, leading to the brain damage which ultimately claimed his life.
This tragic loss of life is a reminder that any fight could be lethal, even a simple fistfight at a bar or restaurant. When violence breaks out, everyone in the area is in danger — even if they aren’t directly involved in the confrontation. Knowing what to do in this scenario could be the difference between walking away safely, and suffering a serious injury.
What to Do If a Violent Fight Breaks Out Next to You
Anyone who has been in a real fight, or even been witness to one, can tell you it is far different than what you see on television. There aren’t any choreographed moves and no back-and-forth punching for minutes on end. Generally, a real fight is quick and brutal.
When a fight breaks out nearby, be it one-on-one or even an all-out barroom brawl, what is the proper course of action to stay safe?
Don’t Get Involved
Should a fight break out in the immediate vicinity, get away and call 9-1-1. Getting involved, or attempting to break the fight up, is a bad idea for a number of reasons:
- The risk of injury in a fight is high. In fact, one punch can be enough to induce coma or even death.
- Even winning can be dangerous. The risk of injury from fighting isn’t exclusive to the loser of the confrontation. Knuckles often split open when punching, or get impaled by broken teeth. Exchanging bodily fluid with the other person, who may be a stranger, is dangerous (think HIV and other blood-borne illnesses).
- Legal Complications. Not only is there a risk of bodily harm, but of financial damage as well. If the police get involved, chances are that arrests will be made. In this day and age, the threat of being sued for getting involved is also something to consider.
Unfortunately, sometimes a fight is unavoidable no matter how hard one tries. If that time comes, it is better to have some self-defense training to fall back on than to end up staring at the sky from your back.
~Here’s to Your Survival!
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