5 on 1 Beat-Down: What Would YOU Have Done?

“Me and you.  We’re going to fight.  Right now.”

This wasn’t going to be a fight.  It was shaping up to be a hard-core beat-down. When its 5 against 1, it doesn’t matter if your the UFC champion… you’re going to get seriously busted up. Trey quickly figured his options. None of them were very attractive.

Not a chance he could take them on physically.  In spite of being short and painfully thin, Trey (just 15), probably could have taken care of himself against one tough-guy.  He’d done it before.  But dealing with multiple attackers was a totally different world.

He doubted he’d be able to escape, either.  They’d run him down.  Even if he could get away, they’d come looking for him, and they wouldn’t have to look far – three of the kids in this gang went to his school.

Use reason? Try some kind of bluff?  Pray? Absurd.   Not worth one precious second of consideration.

Trey made eye contact with the kid standing in front of him, and made note of where his four friends were. “Yo, we’re going to f*ck you up” one of them said.  Another laughed. This was going down fast.

Trey took a deep breath and looked down at his sneakers. He knew that in the next few moments, he was going to get hurt.  Bad. Before they took him down, he planned to  inflict as much damage as possible.  Then he’d curl up and do his best to protect his head and groin.

Slowly, Trey reached into his pocket and pulled something out.

“I was wondering,” he said to the kid, “before you kick my ass, do you want a piece of gum?”  Trey offered the pack.

Confused, the other kid barked a nervous laugh, and looked around at his friends as if to ask, “can you believe this?”.

“Are you joking?” he asked.
“Nope” Trey replied.

Unsure, the kid laughed again, and took the gum.  He pulled a stick, unwrapped it, and popped it in his mouth.  Then he tossed the remainder of the pack to one of his buddies. Trey waited, prepared to be blind-sided or tackled from behind.

“You’re weird, man” the kid said as he shoved Trey’s shoulder.  Another member of the gang bumped him, and then they were walking away.

Trey didn’t hang around, either.
This is a 100% true and factual incident that happened to a Total Bully Solution student of mine, “Trey” (obviously not his real name), from a small town in central Texas. I’m very proud of him and abundantly impressed by his self-control,  creativity and quick thinking.

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