Editorial: If someone needed your help, would you help?

IF YOU saw a person lying in the street in distress, what would you do?

Would you go over to them and check if they were okay?

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Or would you glance at them briefly and then carry on your way, thinking someone else will help them.

For Marissa Johnson, it was the latter, which is a terrible thing to have happened in our community.

Have we really come to a point in time where people just don't care about others?

Are people really too scared to get involved?

I don't expect people to solve the problem or provide medical assistance if they aren't qualified, but surely it's not hard to just ask the question: are you alright?

Ms Johnson's story reminded me of the case of opera singer Delmae Barton who in 2006 collapsed at Mt Gravatt bus stop and was ignored by up to 1000 people for more than five hours after she suffered a stroke.

I don't know about you, but I think this type of behaviour has no place in our community.

Stop, and ask them if they are okay. It's what a decent person would do.


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