When given the chance to do something good or save someone's life, it's comforting to know you can step in without the fear of being prosecuted if something goes wrong. In order to protect those who are trying to do good in an emergency circumstance, Good Samaritan laws have been put into place. These are designed to offer legal protection to people who administer assistance to individuals who are injured, ill, incapacitated, or in peril. Good Samaritan laws vary from state to state, and may change based on the relationship between the victim and the rescuer.
In early July, a Florida man entered a pond in Brevard County and drowned. Standing nearby was a group of five teens that recorded the entire incident on video. Instead of seek help for the man, who they taunted and cursed at while he struggled in the water, the teens simply let him drown without calling for help or trying to assist the man. Additionally, the teens did not report the incident to authorities, but they did post the video of the death on social media. While the victim's family was filing a missing persons report, unsure of where their loved one was at the time, the teens showed no remorse as witnesses to a drowning. The body of the man was located a few days later, and police were able to link the teens' video to the man's death.