The bullied fight back

Back when I was in junior high school, I was bullied. There was a kid who, after one particular gym class, punched me in the head. Hard. I cried, and spent the remainder of the academic year having my books kicked down hallways. Honestly, it was a terrible stretch of my life. As bad as it ever got.

The bully was bigger. Tougher. Stronger.

In hindsight, however, I wish I’d fought back. One punch, unexpected, to the jaw. Even if it’d result in me getting my anus kicked, well, it would have been worth it. Because getting bullied sucks. Like, it really, truly, absolutely sucks.

I digress.

The above video is, by all accounts, legit. I checked with a source pretty close to the initial posting, and here’s the basic story:

A. The heavyset kid is picked on. Often. He’s one of those docile sorts who doesn’t fight back. Who’s incessantly mocked because, well, kids tend to pick out the weakest link and attack. Much like ants.

B. The little kid is the bully. You can hear his friends egging him on … laughing at the other boy. It’s a scene repeated at hundreds of schools nationwide. Always heartbreaking, always (to a certain degree) unavoidable.

C. The big kid is fed up. And he snaps.

This is one of those videos that’ll either:

1. Have 5 million hits by tomorrow morning.

Or …

2. Find itself pulled from YouTube.

There is now a Facebook page supporting the big kid, Casey, was has supposedly been suspended by the school. It also made its way to Deadspin.

As for the suspension—I’m torn. On the one hand, we don’t want to support violence. On the other hand, having been bullied, I know how much it sucks. It sucks, it sucks, it sucks, it sucks. And no matter how it’s handled by adults—interventions, punishments, tongue lashings—it’s never really handled.

This time, it has been. Think the kid’s gonna fuck with Casey again?

Think anyone will?

PS: This was written on the YouTube page:

Casey Heynes has had enough of being bullied. This 16 year old kid has been tormented every single day of his short high school life – and today he snapped!! He was suspended and may be looking at criminal charges, all because this little runt thought he could make an example of Casey in front of his “TUFF buddies!!”

Althought I don’t condone violence, I felt compelled to pat him on the back with a big massive kudos!!

To all the bullies out there – you will get yours one day!

And for those who feel inspired by Casey’s retaliation – feel free to post a message here for him

12 thoughts on “The bullied fight back”

  1. Hell yes. They should give that kid a medal. There was a rule in my high school that if anyone got in a fight, both people were suspended. Bullshit rule. Suspend the antagonist.

  2. If you unjustly pick a fight with someone and they clobber you for it, you get what you deserve. If there’s no way out apparent/available to a person who is being attacked and they resort to violence, they shouldn’t be faulted, or at least, not punished like some evil person. It’s called self-defense.

    My heart goes out to the kid who can’t or doesn’t know how to defend himself, and has no one to listen to him. This kid, I think he can handle himself from now on.

  3. I’d like to start a scholarship fund for Casey. And buy him a car. And season tickets to any team he wants. Good for you, Casey.

  4. Believe you me, in every grade in small-town Canada or USA there is some runty little mouthpiece who’s all mouth and has a way of making a sensitive, insecure kid feel isolated and unable to fight back.

    Can’t blame the kid.

  5. if I’m the principal I suspend Casey for the minimum possible amount of time, only because you have to. If you don’t you’ll have everyone from the bully’s parents to the school district (kinda justifiably)causing a shit storm.

    Then as he’s leaving my office I pat him on the back and quietly slip his parents a $50 gift certificate to GameStop.

  6. I am ashamed to say that I was a bit of a bully at times growing up, but I was also bullied. While there is not much that I can do about it now, as my kids grow up, I’ll definitely be watching for the signs, and will be proactive in teaching them the dangers of bullying. However, if they are bullied, I am going to give them carte blanche to stand up and fight back. While violence isn’t the answer, sometimes it’s the only thing that works (cue Kenny Rogers “The Coward Of The County”).

    And just to note, bullying isn’t just a male problem. A former co-worker of mine had both of his preteen twin girls receive death threats from classmates on Facebook. With females it usually isn’t physical, but mental/emotional/psychological/etc. All types can be equally as dangerous.

  7. Wow.

    That little bully is lucky he wasn’t snapped in two- Literally.

    If he hit’s his back, or neck instead of his knee against the wood beam, he spends the rest of his life drinkingbreathingeating out of a straw.

  8. I was bullied a lot in both K-8 and high school (different school systems so different groups of people).

    In middle school, I finally fought back and it made a huge difference.

    In high school, I did not. Outnumbered and outsized, I lacked courage to stand up for myself, and I’m a worse person for that still today.

    Good job, Casey.

  9. The video above is gone, but a few other people have posted it elsewhere on YouTube. I thought it was pretty awesome. Better than the kid snapping with a gun in his hand.

    Also, add me to the group that doesn’t understand why the little kid isn’t being suspended as well. Maybe being slammed into the ground was enough punishment?

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