A deeply distressing and violent incident occurred at the “Rock the South” music festival in Alabama, USA, last weekend, leaving 18-year-old Reid Watts brutally attacked and unconscious with a broken nose. Watts had attended the festival with his friends when a fellow concertgoer accused him of spilling a drink on them, which inexplicably escalated into a horrifying assault by a group of “30-40 year-old” men.
Watts recounted the harrowing events, explaining that he tried to reason with his accuser, assuring them that he didn’t have a drink on him. The two even shook hands, seemingly resolving the issue. However, moments later, when some of Watts’ friends went to the restroom, he was ambushed from behind.
The attack was swift and vicious, with Watts being hit from behind and knocked unconscious. His girlfriend, Katie Hudgins, who was present at the scene, witnessed the brutal assault, feeling helpless as she couldn’t intervene to protect her boyfriend. The attackers callously continued their assault on the defenseless teen and even robbed him before festival security finally intervened and rushed him to safety.
Kaci Howard, Watts’ mother, took to social media to seek help in finding her son’s attackers. She expressed her anguish over the horrifying incident, sharing a photo of her son with a battered face and swollen eyes, wearing a neck brace while being examined at the hospital. The injuries included a fractured nose, concussion, stitches, and large knots on the back of his head.
Chief David Nassetta of the Cullman Police Department expressed grave concern over a particular part of the incident caught on video. The footage shows Watts on the ground, unconscious, while he continues to be subjected to punches in the face by his attackers. The authorities are diligently investigating the incident and seeking to bring those responsible to justice.
In response to the shocking incident, the festival organizers have offered a reward of $10,000 and lifetime tickets for any information that leads to the arrest of Watts’ attackers. This move reflects the community’s collective determination to apprehend the perpetrators and hold them accountable for their despicable actions.
The incident has sparked widespread outrage and concern, raising discussions about the safety and security measures at such events. Concertgoers and their loved ones expect to enjoy music festivals without fear of violence or harm. This appalling incident serves as a stark reminder of the need for improved security protocols and a commitment to creating a safe environment for everyone attending such gatherings.
As Reid Watts recovers from his physical injuries and his girlfriend, Katie, grapples with the trauma of witnessing the brutal assault, the entire community stands in solidarity, hoping for a swift resolution to the investigation and justice for the victim. The incident has also ignited conversations about the importance of bystander intervention and the collective responsibility to stand against violence and protect one another in public spaces.
Organizers of Rock the South are offering a $10,000 reward plus lifetime tickets to Rock the South for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the physical assault of Reid Watts on Saturday, July 22.
— Mike Dubberly GDA (@MikeDubberlyGDA) July 24, 2023
— Megan Scarano ABC 33/40 (@MScaranoNews) July 24, 2023