The same brief clip has been uploaded over and over on the Web: A scrawny bully sucker punches a larger chunkier boy multiple times, as other kids look on, some taunting. Then suddenly, with the speed and agility of an alligator, the victim responds, flipping the kid and bodyslamming him. Bully neutralized. Cue the Facebook hero worship.
The confrontation took place just Monday in a Sydney, Australia school. A report in Sydney's Daily Telegraph identifies the victim who fought back as Casey Heynes, of Chifley College, Dunheved Campus at North St. Marys, depicted by the paper as a pretty rough school where fighting is prevalent — and kids often post clips of fights online.
Both kids were issued four-day suspensions for participating in the fight, said the Telegraph.
Shortly after the clip of Casey's comeback hit the Internet, a page in support of Casey appeared on Facebook, and now has over 19,000 fans. Most vocal supporters oppose the suspension.
Says one commenter:
the school should immediately reverse his suspension and appologise for such actions.The kid was being hurt and he protected himself.The suspension tells students that they should not protect themselves.A terrible and dangeous message. That school should be ashamed of itself.
A few, here and there, say that answering violence with violence was not right, no matter the circumstances:
As a kid I was Bullied at school and yes its good to see bullies get whats coming to them.But not in this way, that kid is lucky he's not up on charges he could have killed that kid.When you get bullied do the right thing, report it to a teacher, if nothing is done go higher, if nothing is done go even higher. But DO NOT react in this way.
As for Casey's own family, the feeling seems mixed.
"There'll be reprisals from other kids in the school and he still has to go to school somewhere," Casey's father told the Daily Telegraph. "He's not a violent kid, it's the first time he's lashed out and I don't want him to be victimized over that."
Casey's father added, "He's always been taught never to hit. Apparently other people's parents don't teach their kids that."
Meanwhile, the Internet's denizens continues to explore new ways to exploit this situation. Casey himself was given the nickname "Little Zangief," after a Street Fighter videogame character. As you can expect, there are videogame mashups featuring the footage with Street Fighter graphics, and some other mildly clever trailers and music videos.
However, there are also mysterious looking websites named after Casey, and re-uploaded videos with embedded links to still more shady sites. Do yourself a favor and stick to Facebook and YouTube — don't go clicking on just anything featuring this kid, no matter how you feel about the story. The Web's creeps have already crept in.
UPDATE: Many of the videos posted to YouTube have been pulled down due to a terms-of-service violation.
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