A 14-year-old California high schooler was walking out of a fast-food restaurant when another teenager reportedly walked up behind him and punched him in the back of his head in an unprovoked attack that was subsequently posted on Snapchat.
The teen's attacker suffered only a light punishment, and the family is calling for justice.
"I've never met him in my entire life, so I don't know why he did it to me," Jordan Peisner of West Hills, California, told the Los Angeles Daily News, discussing the attack that changed his life in December 2016.
"Why?" Peisner asked. "Why did you do this to me?”
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After the beating, the 14-year-old had to be airlifted to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he was treated for a 14-millimeter blood clot in his brain, a concussion, a fractured skull, a ruptured eardrum, hearing loss and severe headaches, notes CBS News.
"It sickens me that someone can do this to another human being," the victim's father, Ed Peisner, told the Los Angeles Daily News. "If you do not engage with your children at some point, you will be enraged at your children."
The worst part, the family said, is that a teenage girl filmed the whole attack on her phone and then posted it on social media, according to CBS. Another girl reportedly paid the attacker to beat up Jordan.
"My son's brain was bleeding because someone wanted to see a video?" Ed Peisner asked. "Four days later I am trying to process it, and I get chills and tears."
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Peisner can no longer play sports, and he needs to be homeschooled for the rest of the year.
"It's a cowardly move," Ed Peisner said. "But the person who followed him and filmed it is equally at fault."
The family was not happy with the fact that the attacker faced a light sentence for the crime and the girl who filmed it was not charged with anything, since her actions were not against the law.
The Peisner family is working to pass a California law that would change that, making it a felony to conspire with an attacker to film footage of an attack.
"Recording violence and sharing violence for entertainment ... that's wrong," Ed Peisner told the Los Angeles Daily News. "Sharing the ugliness and violence for entertainment purposes -- with a smile on your face -- that has to stop."