Jordan was attacked at random by a stranger, who posted footage of the attack to Snapchat. The teenager suffered severe injuries, including a skull fracture and brain trauma that prevented him from skateboarding, which he loves. He visited The Doctors after the attack – how is he doing now?
The Doctors arranged for Jordan to meet his idol, skate legend Tony Hawk. “It was crazy!” Jordan says. “He’s 49, and he’s still shredding better than I ever could!”
Jordan continues to recover. “I’m not back, obviously, but getting better every day,” he says.
“What I love about your story, Jordan, is that you have flipped the script with the help of your dad,” ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork tells him. “I really took this as a message,” explains Ed, Jordan’s dad. Since Jordan’s assault, Ed has been visiting schools to talk about social media attacks. “It’s that race for the likes,” he says – kids’ first reaction in a crisis is to start filming.
Dr. Stork notes that “We’ve had no laws in place to prevent people from doing this.” He introduces California State Assembly member Matt Debabneh, who has introduced a bill to combat social media attacks. Assemblyman Debabneh has worked with Ed and his Assembly colleagues to create Jordan’s Law. The bill introduces criminal charges for planning and filming an attack.
“The social media sites where these attacks are getting posted – do you feel like you’re getting good support from them?” Dr. Stork wants to know. Assemblyman Debabneh says that many of the sites are concerned and want to help law-enforcement address social-media violence.
*Update: Since the taping of this episode, CA Assembly Bill 1542 (Jordan's Law) passed the CA Senate Safety Committee with a unanimous vote. The bill will have one more vote on the CA Senate Floor before heading to the Governor's office.