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Jordan Peisner didn’t know the teen who attacked him outside a fast food restaurant. But that only makes the incident more chilling.Screenshot/CBS Los Angeles
As CBS Los Angeles reports, the 14-year-old from Sylmar, California, was leaving a Wendy’s near his high school in December when he was assaulted by a total stranger. The attacker, a 15-year-old, said nothing but simply walked up behind Jordan and punched the teen in the head.
Jordan told CBS Los Angeles:
“The guy just came up from behind and sucker punched me right here.”
Jordan’s injuries from the attack were severe. He suffered a skull fracture, blood clot, a ruptured eardrum, and a brain injury. After spending six days in the hospital, Jordan was released but still suffers from hearing loss, terrible headaches, and even seizures.
The previously active teen who loved skateboarding and was looking forward to trying out for the track team now can’t do any physical activity. He will have to be home-schooled for a year.
The question that haunted Jordan and his family was, “Why?” As he told the Los Angeles Daily News soon after the attack:
“I’ve never met him in my entire life, so I don’t know why he did it to me.”
As investigators tried to unravel the mystery behind the assault, they discovered that social media played a role … and so did the girls with the teen who punched Jordan.
Almost immediately after the attack, the incident was posted to Snapchat. It was evident that another teen had filmed the entire attack and posted it online. Ed Peisner, Jordan’s father, told CBS Los Angeles that the punch was “cowardly” but that the taping was just as bad:
“The person who followed him and filmed it is equally at fault.”
Now it appears that social media may have been the entire motivation for the attack. According to CBS Los Angeles, one of the girls allegedly paid the teen to punch Jordan so that the assault could be filmed and placed online.
Just a few days after the attack, Ed told CBS Los Angeles that it was difficult to understand the motivation:
“My son’s brain was bleeding because someone wanted to see a video? Four days later I am trying to process it, and I get chills and tears.”
This week, the teen who attacked Jordan was sentenced. Another girl was found not guilty for her role in the assault, and the girl who videotaped it was not charged. Jordan’s father told CBS Los Angeles that while the teens showed remorse for what had happened, he felt the sentence was too light.
“I don’t think justice has fairly been served. … Jordan’s life has changed permanently. The consequence is temporary.”
Ed is upset that no charges were filed against the girl who filmed and shared it because he thinks that should be a crime. The police didn’t charge her because they decided she wasn’t involved.
Sickened by the reason for the attack, Jordan’s family and friends are determined to stop online bullying and educate others about the dangers of social media. A California legislator has even introduced “Jordan’s law,” which would criminalize conspiring to take a video of an attack.
Ed told the Los Angeles Daily News that the law needs to catch up with technology.
“Recording violence and sharing violence for entertainment … that’s wrong. Sharing the ugliness and violence for entertainment purposes — with a smile on your face — that has to stop.”