There is nothing happy about Happy Slapping. The term was coined for when a planned or unplanned assault is videotaped and posted online. Its roots seemingly originate in the United Kingdom.
This presentation provides a quick overview of what this entails.
This is a crime. It is also taking the act of physical bullying to the Internet. Whether you live in the United Kingdom or North America, there will be legislation that deals with this.
Another term used for a group of individuals who assault a person or group is called swarming. These incidents could end up online, too.
Of course, just because happy slapping and swarming are a crime, doesn’t mean the victims will always receive justice. The laws have much catching up to do in order to reflect societal expectations.
This short film is a clear example of what happy slapping looks like.