Casey Heynes, a 10th Grader in Sydney Australia, fought back against a schoolyard bully Monday and is now a world-wide hero for doing it.
A friend of the bully recorded a video of the confrontation to post on YouTube to humiliate Casey, but things didn’t turn out that way. The video went viral, people from all over the world are applauding Casey for fighting back, the citizens of Sydney are divided over it and now the bully looks like the chump.
Sixteen-year old Casey says he “snapped” after constant bullying because of his weight.
“All I was doing was defending myself. I’ve never had so much support,” he said during an interview with A Current Affair.
The bully is a much smaller 7th Grader who felt confident that he could punch Casey in the face without having a fight on his hands. He backed the much larger boy against the wall and started throwing punches. Finally Casey had enough and picked him up and threw him down hard on the concrete.
He was asked if he was a superhero, he replied with a laugh, “No, but I wish I was.”
Both boys were suspended for four days in accordance with established school guidelines.
The people of Sydney may be divided over the affair, but the world is clearly not: websites and Facebook fanpages like Casey the Punisher or this YouTube tribute with music sprang up overnight hailing his action.
You be the judge: