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Old 04-29-05, 03:42 AM
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Happy Slapping.....

Search function doesn't seem to be working tonight, so I don't know if this has been posted yet.

This is truely a disguting blight on our society. These criminals should be in jail.

Anyone have links to some videos?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/mobile/art...ticle_continue

Concern over rise of 'happy slapping' craze

Fad of filming violent attacks on mobile phones spreads

Mark Honigsbaum
Tuesday April 26, 2005
The Guardian


In one video clip, labelled Bitch Slap, a youth approaches a woman at a bus stop and punches her in the face. In another, Knockout Punch, a group of boys wearing uniforms are shown leading another boy across an unidentified school playground before flooring him with a single blow to the head.

In a third, Bank Job, a teenager is seen assaulting a hole-in-the-wall customer while another youth grabs the money he has just withdrawn from the cash machine.

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Welcome to the disturbing world of the "happy slappers" - a youth craze in which groups of teenagers armed with camera phones slap or mug unsuspecting children or passersby while capturing the attacks on 3g technology.

According to police and anti-bullying organisations, the fad, which began as a craze on the UK garage music scene before catching on in school playgrounds across the capital last autumn, is now a nationwide phenomenon.

And as the craze has spread from London to the home counties to the north of England, so the attacks have become more menacing, with increasing numbers of violent assaults and adult victims.

In London, British Transport police have investigated 200 happy slapping incidents in the past six months, with eight people charged with attacks at south London stations and bus stops in January alone.

The Metropolitan police have no overall figures but recorded a number of attacks in London boroughs earlier this year.

Following a spate of random attacks last December on pupils at Godolphin and Latymer girls' school in Hammersmith, west London, police posted extra officers in the area as a deterrent.

But as police have become more vigilant, so the gangs have become more sophisticated, seeking victims in parks or public areas where their crimes are unlikely to be spotted by the authorities or captured on CCTV.

Liz Carnell, the director of Bullying Online, a Yorkshire-based charity set up to combat bullying in schools, said that since the start of the year she has heard of increasing attacks both on children and on adults. But she fears many incidents are not reported.

"In most cases the worst that happens is a minor scratch or a bruised ego," she said.

"What the people behind these attacks have to understand is that technically they are committing an assault. And if they then upload the images on to the internet or a phone system they could be prosecuted for harassment."

What makes the attacks all the more bewildering is that many victims do not realise they have been happy slapped until after the event.

Earlier this month James Silver, 34, a freelance journalist, was attacked while jogging on the South Bank in London. While one youth blocked his path, another hit him with a rolled-up magazine.

When he spun around another teenager - who had been hiding behind nearby scaffolding - leapt out and hit him hard in the head. When he staggered to his feet he noticed the rest of the gang were jeering and pointing their mobile phones at him.

Silver admits that while the attack left his "ego smarting" he did not think it worth reporting. "At the end of the day I was unharmed but it was pretty shocking at the time," he said. "The worry is that while the bulk of the attacks are trivial, some of these youths could be carrying knives."

Earlier this year, schools in Lewisham, south London, and St Albans banned camera phones because of worries that the fad was leading to an increase in playground bullying.

In a comment recently posted on a London community web forum, "Happyslapper2" described the craze as a "joke", writing: "If you feel bored wen ur about an u got a video phone den bitch slap sum norman, innit."

However, in a sign of a gathering backlash, other forum members disagreed. "It's hardly a joke ... it's fuckin rude and pea-brained," wrote "slappersidiots".

"If this happy slapping fad continues it will only be a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt," predicted another.
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Old 04-29-05, 04:15 AM
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How about they just pass a temporary law to conceal weapons and if you're "slapped", you have a right to shoot the motherfuckers without fear of prosecution.
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Old 04-29-05, 04:20 AM
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Here is a video compilation of several happyslapping videos:

http://cms.streamuk.com/import/alfie/happyslapping.mov
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that sucks - if someone does that shit to me, they better knock me out cold or kill me - othewise, they will be without nutsacks. Still - it's better than a random drive-by shooting.
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Old 04-29-05, 06:36 AM
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that sucks - if someone does that shit to me, they better knock me out cold or kill me - othewise, they will be without nutsacks. Still - it's better than a random drive-by shooting.
Good luck with that Rocky. You try that and then the rest of the gang will just kill you.
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In a comment recently posted on a London community web forum, "Happyslapper2" described the craze as a "joke", writing: "If you feel bored wen ur about an u got a video phone den bitch slap sum norman, innit."

However, in a sign of a gathering backlash, other forum members disagreed. "It's hardly a joke ... it's fuckin rude and pea-brained," wrote "slappersidiots".


What a bunch of jerk offs, though. They need to be rehabilitated, Clockwork Orange style.
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Old 04-29-05, 10:34 AM
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http://flamehaus.com/videos/happyslapping.avi

Here is another link to the video, since the other is password protected.

How are you going to let someone standing in front of you kick you in the face?
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Old 04-29-05, 11:20 AM
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Wow. When I first heard about this, I thought it was just a light smack - more to cause shock and get attention than to cause pain - obnoxious, stupid, but not outside the bounds of 7th-grade humor. But based on the videos, this is just old-fashioned assault. Thuggery doesn't become new (or amusing) by adding a videophone.

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Old 04-29-05, 02:17 PM
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The correct response in the US would probabally be pepperspray, but I believe even that is illegal in the UK, isn't it?
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Old 04-29-05, 11:26 PM
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Yeah, nothing 'Happy' about that. I guess I was expecting lighter, playful slapping. That video was pretty lame, those guys need their asses kicked. I'm surprised nobody goes after them after getting slapped. They sound like little kids.
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why these people don't fight back is beyond me....someone would get their ass handed to them for that
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Old 04-30-05, 01:22 AM
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You just KNOW at some point they're gonna slap either a martial arts expert, a boxer or a MMA fighter and it's gonna get ugly. And, from what I can gather, they will have video taped their own crime and show that they instigated the whole confrontation.

I know when I first heard of this, I thought it was just something that happened amongst friends, not something done to strangers...

I can't wait for the "revenge ass-whipping" video...
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How about they just pass a temporary law to conceal weapons and if you're "slapped", you have a right to shoot the motherfuckers without fear of prosecution.
In the UK??? Yeah, right...
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Old 04-30-05, 08:33 PM
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A co-worker told me about this Thursday and I meant to start a thread. From the lukewarm response I'm glad I didn't bother.


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Old 05-01-05, 03:09 AM
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I wonder how this would work if it was done in the US. I think you would see alot more fighting back in the US but thats just me.
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Old 05-01-05, 03:21 AM
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Yeah, with concealed weapon laws here becoming much more popular, i can already see someone taping their buddy getting shot.

Good luck with that kids.
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I guess something that was already "going too far" has gone further....


Happy slap' probe after girl raped

The menace of "happy slapping" took a horrific new twist as three 14-year-old boys were accused of raping an 11-year-old girl and filming it on a mobile phone.

Detectives are investigating claims that sickening video clips of the sex assault were then sent to the handsets of other youngsters.


The "happy slapping" phenomenon, in which thugs use mobiles to film random attacks, has been reported across the country in recent weeks but the latest incident marks a new low.

The girl is a pupil at a comprehensive secondary school in London, which is not being named to protect her identity.

She told police that she was attacked at a house, where she was socialising with a group of boys, after school on April 25.

Police believe one of the group filmed what was happening and sent it to at least one other phone a short time later. Teachers at the school discovered that the footage was being passed round after it had already been seen by dozens of pupils.

Four days after the alleged attack the three boys were arrested. Two are suspected of having intercourse with the girl and the third is suspected of having done the filming. They have all been bailed until July 12.

A spokeswoman for Scotland Yard said: "Detectives are investigating an allegation of rape against an 11-year-old girl by two boys, both aged 14. The incident was alleged to have happened at an address in north London on April 25. Three boys, all aged 14, were arrested on April 29 in connection with the incident."

The case is being investigated by Scotland Yard's Operation Sapphire team which deals with sex attacks.

No-one from the school or local authority was available for comment.
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Sick bastards They should be tried as adults and castrated.
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