Teen Kicked by Train Conductor While Taking Selfie on Railroad Tracks (VIDEO)

teen taking selfie by train tracksA new video going viral is the subject of much debate and shock. In the clip, a teen in headphones attempts to take a selfie from what he seems to think is a "safe distance" from the train tracks. As the locomotive whizzes by, he's seemingly struck in the head by the train conductor, who stuck his leg out and delivered a swift kick to the teen's head and neck. Whoa.

Yep, you pretty much just have to see it to believe it ...

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Crazy, right?

So far, what went down in the video is being treated as real. Arthur J. Miller, director of safety for Permian Basin Railways (which has nothing to do with the kid's video directly), commented on it to the Daily News:

The point here is clear. The would-be ‘selfie’ artist was engaged trespassing when it appears a 'little street justice' was administered. John Q. Public does not have the proper respect for railroad trains and property.

The teen who appears in the video uploaded it under the name Jared Michael, but other than his video description and a train photographer's speculation that it looks like the railroad in Peru, there isn't much other info about its origins.

Skeptics say this may very well be one of Jimmy Kimmel's now infamous viral video hoaxes. Either way, it's a wildly illustrated example of how glorification of this sort of Jackass, risky, ridiculous behavior is a major problem for parents. And/or how kids are so consumed by their smartphones and selfies that they're oblivious to their surroundings and failing to see what's right in front of them. Or, in this case, behind them!

All I can say is thank goodness this kid seemed okay despite that kick. Let's just hope he learned his lesson. And as far as whether or not the video was a prank, well, we'll just have to stay tuned ... 

Do you think this is a hoax? Do you think teens failing to be aware of their surroundings because of smartphones and tablets is a growing problem?

 

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