Last week, when a video of a child who fought back against his bully went viral, the victim, 16-year-old Casey Heynes, became an instant hero and was applauded for his courage.
Richard Gale, 12, was captured on camera outside of the boys’ high school in Australia, hitting Heynes in the face as onlookers observed — and even laughed at the attack. Soon Heynes, reaching his breaking point, picks Gale up, and body slams him on the sidewalk.
This morning, Gale appeared on the “Today” show, claiming there is more to the story than what the video shows.
“He abused me first,” Gale says, accusing Heynes of a long-term bullying streak.
Heynes denies Gale’s claim and stands behind his story that his attack was unprovoked.