Skip to around 4:10 marker. Here is the commentary from the video uploader, the snowboarder's mother:
As the mother of a 17-year-old son, I try to teach him how to be respectful of people. I want him to learn to be kind and caring and to keep his anger in check. That is a hard goal to accomplish in this world, but I believe it is possible.
On Black Friday, I allowed my son to go snowboarding with friends at Snowbasin Ski Resort. While there, an unfortunate accident occurred. My son was boarding slightly faster than the younger kids on the slopes, which wasn't that fast, although I can't say how fast. But a young girl skied in front of my son from the side. In order to avoid hitting her, you can see how he puts his hand out to guide himself off her shoulder to go another direction. It appears that he is in the clear, but an adult male who is stopped on the slopes appears to have his small son ski out from behind him at the last moment My son couldn't avoid the unfortunate collision that happened. They appear to hit pretty hard and end up sliding down the hill together. The video is long, but the accident happens at about 4:16. I uploaded the whole thing for perspective.
I am proud of my son's initial response, which was to turn all the way around and ask "are you ok, buddy?" The boy wasn't crying initially. The next thing that happened was the boy's father went after my son. The profanities ensued as he called my boy a name, then proceeded to punch him in the head.
I understand this man's anger and wanting to protect his son, as I feel the same way. When someone hurts my son, I too want to protect him. But my son had an unintentional accident with his young son. My son's initial reaction was to make sure the boy was alright. His own dad didn't even go check on him until he beat on my son. Throughout the encounter, my son stayed silent, while continuing to look back at the boy repeatedly. He was still concerned about the boy.
I'm not happy with the language used by his friend, but I'm very, very appreciative of his coming to the defense of my son. I can't explain how much I appreciate him being there to stand up for my son. Who knows how it may have gone if he hadn't been there to let the dad know he was out of control and it wasn't okay. Thank you to him!!
I'm posting this video because I want this to eventually reach the man who hit my son. I want him to understand the irony of him screaming at my juvenile son to stay in control, while punching him in the head. Irony. Some people don't deserve the respect I teach my son to give them. I love you, son. One of you was out of control, and it wasn't you.
I'm betting this goes viral pretty quick.