LATHROP – It had all the makings of becoming tragic.
One girl, struck from behind, tumbling to the ground and cracking her head against a curb – rendering her defenseless.
The aggressor, cheered on by more than two-dozen students who had assembled with cell phone cameras to videotape the fight, climbing on top of the victim and repeatedly striking her in the head and face.
And nobody around to do anything to stop it.
Except for Asianya Jones.
While all of her peers were doing anything but helping the girl that was getting pummeled, Jones – a student with a 4.2 grade point average and aspirations of one day attending law school – rushed in to pull the attacker off.
It might not have been the world’s most popular decision, but it was the right one.
“I think that it’s a good sign for society that people, especially at a young age like that, are still willing to selflessly put themselves out there to help others,” said San Joaquin County Sherriff’s Deputy Jeff Watson. “She took selfless actions to put herself in a dangerous position to protect the girl was getting the worst of it in that situation. I actually saw pictures of what happened – she literally pulled the girl off of her.”
Watson, who was called to Lathrop High School to respond the complaint of the victim back in March, quickly realized that the actions of Jones were anything but ordinary.
And on Monday she’ll receive special recognition and thank-you from Lathrop Police Services when the city council meets at 7 p.m.
The actual award she’ll receive is currently sitting on Watson’s desk, but he’s also working on a few additional perks that he hopes to award to a girl that exhibited heroic actions in the face of tremendous apathy.
A quick look at her credentials, Watson said, shows why Jones was kind of student that would be the one who would intervene.
“I talked to her mother and she said that she has a 4.2 GPA, she was Miss Teen Lathrop from 2012-2013, she plays soccer, basketball and volleyball and she tutors at Give Every Child a Chance,” Watson said. “She’s outspoken and well-rounded and mature for her age, and it’s great to see a young person like that.”