Girl Fights Off Muggers With Marching Band Baton

Apr 30, 2009 Full story: wcbstv.com 171

Don't mess with a marching band girl, especially one armed with a baton. A 17-year-old high school marching band student beat up two assailants who tried to mug her as she walked to school in this high desert community about 40 miles north of Los Angeles, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.

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keyjanette

Lynnwood, WA

#142 May 2, 2009
When I was in college I carried my baton with me whenever I had to walk across campus alone. Was and still are willing to beat the crap of anyone who threatens me. With my abilities, I'm confident I could inflict life threatening damage.

Those unassuming baton chicks are a force to be reckoned with. "This one time...at band camp..."
newanarchy

Fort Worth, TX

#143 May 2, 2009
"This one time, at band camp, I stuck a flute in my..."

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#144 May 2, 2009
PooPoo Platter wrote:
Come to think of it, isn't there a martial arts weapon like a baton
Forget handles. A four-foot, hardwood stick can make a great weapon. Japanese martial artists call it a 'jo'. Make it a bit longer and it's a 'bo'.

There is this famous (although probably apocryphal) story about Musashi Miyamoto being beaten in a duel by a man wielding a jo. Musashi, of course, had a katana (sword). Apocryphal or not, the jo is a serious and potentially deadly weapon.

And a Marching Band Baton looks an awful lot like a jo to me.

Apparently it did to this you woman at the time as well.

Good for her.

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Since: Dec 06

Antarctica

#145 May 2, 2009
Project 5 wrote:
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Seems to be like they weren't very able bodied.
Sure they were.

It's all relative.

She was just more able-bodied than they were.

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#146 May 2, 2009
Lee Hall wrote:
It is too bad she did not continue to beat them.
Well, I appreciate the sentiment, but I disagree.

At some point it stops being self defense and starts being violent retribution. At some the law stops seeing it as self defense and starts seeing it as assault and battery.

She stopped before she crossed that line. A Good Thing.

That means that the muggers have *no* claim to anything remotely resembling the high ground. They attacked her, she defended herself and then removed herself from the situation. They screwed up, she didn't.

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#147 May 2, 2009
LittleRedRobinhead wrote:
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I wonder if the politically correct will turn this around and the girl becomes the guilty party.
Some might, but they don't have much to support the argument, moral or legal.

They attacked.

She defended.

She *stopped* when the threat was neutralized.

Then she left.

Anyone claiming she was in the wrong is just not paying attention.

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#148 May 2, 2009
She knows how to stick it to them.

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#149 May 2, 2009
aiki_mcr wrote:
<quoted text>
Forget handles. A four-foot, hardwood stick can make a great weapon. Japanese martial artists call it a 'jo'. Make it a bit longer and it's a 'bo'.
There is this famous (although probably apocryphal) story about Musashi Miyamoto being beaten in a duel by a man wielding a jo. Musashi, of course, had a katana (sword). Apocryphal or not, the jo is a serious and potentially deadly weapon.
And a Marching Band Baton looks an awful lot like a jo to me.
Apparently it did to this you woman at the time as well.
Good for her.
I'm not familiar with a "jo". A "bo" is about the size of a broomstick, maybe a little longer.

The jo might be more similar to a baton than the weapon I was thinking about, which is called a tonfa. That might be a little shorter than a baton.

I found the name tonfa on a martial arts website after I posted that statement you cite.
apparently not neutral

Warwick, NY

#150 May 2, 2009
gotta love the band

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#151 May 2, 2009
PooPoo Platter wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm not familiar with a "jo". A "bo" is about the size of a broomstick, maybe a little longer.
The jo might be more similar to a baton than the weapon I was thinking about, which is called a tonfa. That might be a little shorter than a baton.
I found the name tonfa on a martial arts website after I posted that statement you cite.
Well, the principal difference between a jo and a bo seems to be length. The short one is a jo, the long one is a bo. But the definitions of "short" and "long" seem to vary from school to school. For me, a jo is around 3'-4' long. Basically it should fit under your armpit. A bo is 5'-7' long.

So, yeah, the baton would be more like jo.

Since: Apr 09

Buffalo, NY

#152 May 2, 2009
Sunnydale wrote:
As a former twirler (Go Bears)... I'm so proud of this young woman.
Now that is one bad mo fo, If i dated her she could protect me! check out our forum @ www.wnyreviews.net
Keen Observer

Minneapolis, MN

#153 May 2, 2009
This is one of the very few positive rooms in topix. Glad to hear the young lady was victorious against the muggers.
john

Shawnee Mission, KS

#154 May 2, 2009
AmericanApplePie wrote:
Hmmmm......so that's how you beat off a mugger! I think I did it wrong. No wonder he keeps coming back!
One time at band camp?

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Since: Sep 08

CardboardBoxville

#155 May 2, 2009
Why is it that you never hear of women mugging other women ?
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It's not like women would not be able to do it. All you need is a handgun, a secluded spot to hole up in, and patience.
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Men, it seems, have cornered the market on mugging.
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Actually, NO. As i think about this a bit more, women do have Tupperware parties and that could be thought of as a form of mugging.
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So there ya go. Forget I mentioned it.
Keen Observer

Minneapolis, MN

#156 May 2, 2009
You hear of men buggering other men.
Trish

Woodstock, GA

#157 May 2, 2009
segerev wrote:
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Seriously, if they are able bodied enough to mug someone, why couldnt they find a job like everyone else, even if it was flipping burgers?
It's time for a parade!The Girl beating Muggers Band, Girl twirling baton, Muggers jumps in,Girl beats the muggers, Marching muggers in pain- while FLipping burgers,someone else from the street jumps in and helps beat the muggers. Join the Band!What do you want to do?
Rusty

United States

#158 May 2, 2009
The men who everyone is calling "muggers" did not get to tell their side of the story. Maybe they really did try to mug the girl, then again maybe they didn't. I don't think they did. Violent criminals are not all cowards. I know that everyone on this thread likes to think they are and it makes people feel good when they read a story about some criminal getting what's coming to them. Muggers usually don't stand in front of you and say something like "give me your money or your life". They watch you first and then they come up and hit you from behind. I was attacked once and I never even saw it coming. I was waiting outside a bar when I was attacked from behind by two guys. They tried to take my wallet but I had it in my front shirt pocket under my jacket. I was tko on my feet and I could not see a thing. The next thing I remember was my friends were walking me down the street. I was a good distance away before I even realised what happened. This is how muggers usually attack you. I was in public where other people were around. I wasn't paying attention. That's why I got hit. They were trying a hit and run type of thing. This girl was all alone with two guys who she claims tried to mug her. It's 17 year old girl with no training isn't going to be able to fend off two determined violent men with a baton. Women do fight off violent men. This is a fact but what most people don't know is that they probably aren't going to attack you in the first place if they think you are a threat. More than likely if you are attacked, they have already sized you up and are on top of you before you know it. I have been in the martial arts for twenty years. A three foot stick,like her baton is not a short range type of weapon. It would be utilised from a distance. If they were in her personal space it is unlikely she could have used it in the first place. Personally I think they may have made some very unwelcome advances on her that made her feel uncomfortable, if that's the case then I think that they got what was coming to them.

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Since: Apr 09

Lansing, MI

#160 May 2, 2009
Rusty, that was your personal experience. Not all muggers are the same. These two happened to get their butts kicked by a girl. Maybe she can help you out next time you're in trouble.
Kay

Rockville, MD

#161 May 2, 2009
See? Music education IS valuable!

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#162 May 2, 2009
There are three things that have been consistent themes in my life: music, martial arts and technology.

I feel vindicated in a big way on at lest two counts.

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