BBC News – The teenager who saved a man with an SS tattoo

It was unclear whether the man was a Klu Klux Klan supporter, but to the anti-KKK protesters, his clothes and tattoos represented exactly what they had come to resist. The Confederate flag he wore was for them a symbol of hatred and racism, while the SS tattoo on his arm pointed to a belief in white supremacy, or worse. There were shouts of \”Kill the Nazi\” and the man began to run – but he was knocked to the ground. A group surrounded him, kicking him and hitting him with the wooden sticks of their placards.Mob mentality had taken over. \”It became barbaric,\” says Thomas.\”When people are in a crowd they are more likely to do things they would never do as an individual. Someone had to step out of the pack and say, This isnt right.\”So the teenager, then still at high school, threw herself on top of a man she did not know and shielded him from the blows.\”When they dropped him to the ground, it felt like two angels had lifted my body up and laid me down.\”For Mark Brunner, a student photographer who witnessed the episode, it was who she saved that made Thomas actions so remarkable.\”She put herself at physical risk to protect someone who, in my opinion, would not have done the same for her,\” he says. \”Who does that in this world?\”

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