Neal Baxter, a Philadelphia man, has been charged with acts of heinous bullying and aggression for climbing three stories through a burning building to save a little girl’s puppy leaving the cowardly bystanders feeling inadequate and guilty for not acting in a heroic manner.
“We can’t all be heroes” Tim Dickens, a police officer with the Philadelphia Police, said when interviewed by the local CBS news affiliate. “It was irresponsible of him to act in such a way that it would cause regret and shame in others. We tolerate everyone’s viewpoints and what he did, right there, what he did was tell everyone, hey, you’re not being good enough. We don’t like that message. We don’t condone that message.”
At the scene Baxter expressed regret in his actions. “I didn’t mean to make others feel bad because they are too weak to climb three stories or because they have no sympathy for others. I just did it without thinking. It was rash, you know? The adrenaline kicked in and I just went for it. I apologize to the people of Philly. I’m better than this. We are all so much better than this.” Regardless of his remorse, Baxter will face the consequences since the witnesses are pressing charges for the emotional trauma they’ve experienced through his actions.
Ted Knap is one of the witnesses who is taking legal action. He says what he witnessed has traumatized him for a lifetime.”I’ve never felt so guilty over my apathetic response to another human in need. I’m struggling with feelings of inspiration and heroism which will just single out other apathetic people. I don’t want to be a bully. I’ll struggle with this the rest of my life. All because that guy couldn’t just mill around like the rest of us.”
One of the bystanders who wished to remain anonymous commented, “It’s so unfair! How many other little girl’s puppies get caught in house fires around the city here and no one rescues them? What makes this girl’s puppy so special? I don’t like when people pick who they want to help, it’s not fair. It’s just not fair. It’s downright mean. This bullying has to come to a screeching halt.”
Others pointed to this event as proof that puppies need to be outlawed from the city limits. Teresa Knox is the spokesman for A Mutt Free Philly. She says, “We could avoid situations like this if we just got rid of the mangy mutts all together. If no one has any dogs then that would eliminate situations where some people’s dogs get saved and other’s don’t. We need to create an environment where equality can thrive.”
Dickens said that the bullying trend has been down lately pointing to a light at the end of the tunnel. “Heroic bullying is down on average,” he says. “We are headed in the right direction. If we can get everyone to join in together and not accomplish anything extraordinary at all, we can help everyone feel a little better about themselves and not be intimidated by people going above and beyond the run-of-the-mill citizen’s call of duty.” He finished with these inspiring words, “Keep up the exceptionally mediocre work Philadelphia.”