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Bystander Effect (Notable Examples, Revised Edition)
after The Incident at Spring Valley High, October 2015
She goes down.
Most of her classmates freeze.
Those who do not, capture the moment
from multiple angles.
In one version, it looks like her head hits the desk
of a student seated behind her.
In another, a clear shot of the girl dragged
There is no one to call when
the police are the perpetrator.
Mark Danowsky is a poet. His poems have appeared in Alba, Cordite, Grey Sparrow, The Lake, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Shot Glass Journal, The New Verse News, Third Wednesday and elsewhere. Mark is originally from the Philadelphia area, but currently resides in North-Central West Virginia. He works for a private detective agency and is Managing Editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.