A new terror has hit the streets of the USA; gangs of kids that attack the defenceless and the elderly - for FUN! When his father becomes a victim, Stanley finds himself on the wrong side of a teenage ‘Knockout King’ gang. But there’s more to mild-mannered Stanley than meets the eye - and the streets will never be the same again! Stanley’s philosophy is simple: fight fire with fire! More
“Knockout King” or just “Knockout” is the latest heinous crime sweeping the streets of America. Areas under fire include Massachusetts, New Jersey and Chicago. In St. Louis, the ‘game’ has become almost contagious, with tragic consequences. Hoang Nguyen, an elderly immigrant from Vietnam, was beaten to death in an attack last spring  while his wife watched.
The rules of the game are as simple as they are brutal. A group — usually young men or even boys as young as 12, and teenage girls in some cases — chooses a lead attacker, then seeks out a victim. Unlike typical gang violence or other street crime, the goal is not revenge, nor is it robbery. The victim is chosen at random, often a person unlikely to put up a fight. Many of the victims have been elderly. Most were alone.
The attacker charges at the victim and begins punching. If the victim goes down, the group usually scatters. If not, others join in, punching and kicking the person, often until he or she is unconscious or at least badly hurt. Sometimes the attacks are captured on cellphone video and posted on ‘social networking’ websites.
“Knockout King” is a flash fiction story of one man who decides to fight back. His philosophy is simple: fight fire with fire . . .
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