“It was the right thing to do” says Wen Jones, father of two, who interceded when a boy and his father were being bullied by three men.
Wen Jones was at a Florida beach when he saw a 14-year-old boy and his 55-year-old father getting harassed and abused by three 20-year-old men according to reports by WPEC-TV CBS12. Cody Moore Roon, Tyler Dylan Carswell, and Eric Michael Deiter, were bullying other kids earlier that day on the beach, police reports say, until according to witnesses they zeroed in on a 14-year-old boy named Zion, an amateur competitive skateboarder, by kicking sand in his face and calling him names.
The boy’s father, LeRoy Wright Jr., told the men to leave, and Wen Jones sensed the bullies were about to attack.
Here is what happened next according to CBS-12 and the Sun-Sentinel:
“I couldn’t stand there and watch this older guy and kid get beaten up,” Jones told the Sun-Sentinel of the May 19 incident near the restrooms and showers at Juno Beach Park.
“I walked over, said, ‘Hey guys, calm down.’ The next thing I know, I’m in the middle of a melee. I got tangled up with one the biggest guys and he beat me in the back of the head until I was unconscious. When I came to, I was being beaten in the face.”
Three months after the attack, Jones still struggles a bit with foggy thoughts after his concussion but doesn’t regret his actions.
“I’m not happy to have been injured pretty severely, but at the same time, I ask myself, would I do it again?” he tells the Sun-Sentinel. “You know, it was the right thing to do, so I probably would.”
The Sun-Sentinel reports he was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery a few days later.