The shit kids do now a days for fun blows my mind. My parents used to have to bribe me to come back in for dinner as a kid. Kick the can, manhunt and kickball was the shit back in the day. Half of the younger population have never heard of those games.
On to knockout.... It's a "hood thing". Seriously kids gain street rep by pulling this off. I've heard some stories about groups of young guy (16-21) that would sit out side of bars and clean some clocks. I know some got arrested a while back when a group of cops saw this take place
Nobody fears anything anymore. Was a time, parents taught you respect, boundaries, and fear. But we've transitioned as a society to the belief that any fear instilled in or felt by a child is bad. Unfortunately... if you treat your child with kid gloves... if your child never hates you... (ask my daughter how she feels about me some days when I'm a hardass about certain things.) ... then you are doing something wrong. And these people enter society not fearing ANY authority, knowing NO respect or boundaries... it doesn't mean they are tough guys. In fact it's the polar opposite. Not having any fear just means... you've never learned consequences; that part of life is meaningless to you. And so for most of these kids, when they're being interviewed after the fact and you see that glazed look in their eyes when they're asked "You know that doing this is wrong, right?", and they say "Sure, I guess."... understand that they're not faking that to piss you off. Beyond the conscious understanding of knowing it's against a law, or that perhaps other people don't do that... they do not understand what they did is wrong. They really don't have a clue. Respect and boundaries are a zero to them. They don't have it.
And that's just for parents who make mistakes with zero boundaries and limits, coddling them and not teaching consequences and respect. Consider the parents who had kids to get a welfare check, or parents who are abusive drug addicts... now you have a child who is all of the above but also filled with rage and confusion.
Kids crave discipline. They need it.
Here's the difference. My daughter might give my wife and I a hard time about situation 'x'. She might be extremely pissed off about it in fact, and in the spur of the moment when things have degenerated to where perhaps we're yelling at each other, you might think "Wow she's not showing dad a lot of respect there."
...now watch when she walks out the door, even as she's pissed off at me, watch her go about her business in society when she walks out the door. Watch as she says please and thanks and smiles at people, helps people. Watch as when she was in high school, instead of caving into peer pressure in regards to things like sex, drugs, bad decisions... she actually berated friends into things like abstaining from having sex for the wrong reasons. Into quitting smoking. Watch as she refuses to associate with addicts and bad people. Watch as she's tender and caring with animals, as she's supportive for friends... just as I am with other people...
See, I do the heavy lifting at home. You give a kid zero boundaries, they will not give a fuck what they do in society. Have those battles at home, or they will be having them on the street. Only it will be in a very dysfunctional and dangerous way. I make her fight things out with me as she learns about boundaries and limits and consequences and self esteem and... I dunno, name all the important facets of maturing. If I don't do that with her, she would be doing it on the street.
Kids will seek knowledge and discipline. It's innately human. Don't give that to them... smashcut to them on the street knocking people out with not the foggiest fucking clue that what they did is horrible.