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Emotional Interview With ‘The Boy Who Stood Up To A Bully’ Casey Heynes
Mediaite.com ^ | 03/20/2011 | Matt Schneider

Posted on 03/20/2011 1:48:21 PM PDT by OldDeckHand

Casey Heynes has captivated the world’s attention with the video of him standing up to a bully and laying the smackdown. As some news reports analyze the consequences of the fight, one news show in Australia went right to Casey to get his inspirational story.

Casey provides play-by-play commentary for his bully confrontation and admits that he wasn’t really thinking. The interview reveals that Casey suffered from a “lifetime of torment and abuse” and was all alone since his friends had deserted him. Casey sadly spoke about how he could only remember a couple of days when nobody would tease him, and that he even contemplated suicide. Finally though, as documented in the now famous clip, Casey just reached a point where enough was enough and snapped.

Casey has no regrets about the incident, but even more importantly, has a profound message for bullying victims around the world: “look for the good days, keep your chin up and school ain’t going to last forever.” And with Casey’s international popularity, and hundreds of thousands of supporters through social media, Casey is likely to have many more very good days in the future.

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KEYWORDS: australia; boy; bullying; dsj; retaliation; selfdefense
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Maybe he was getting bullied because he talks so funny.

sorry, couldn't resist

1 posted on 03/20/2011 1:48:23 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

This kid had enough and fought back, like back when anyone over 40 remembers, without help from school or parents. This boy laid a grade A asswopping on the little jerk.
Good show kid


2 posted on 03/20/2011 2:03:15 PM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Why on earth was he bullied? I haven’t heard. He seems like an ok kid.


3 posted on 03/20/2011 2:12:46 PM PDT by brytlea
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To: brytlea
"Why on earth was he bullied?"

I haven't seen anyone report the "why" either. I guess the media (probably rightfully) doesn't want to excuse the bullier in any way.

I did here a discussion on one of the cable talkers that implied the bully was a prolific bullier in the school, and not just of the kid who eventually fought back. Of course, there's no way of knowing if that's true.

4 posted on 03/20/2011 2:16:13 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: brytlea

He was bullied because they could bully him.

A gentle giant who because of his demeaner, wasn’t interested in fighting back and always turned the other cheek. Finally, after enough torment from kids who thought they were prooving something by beating up on him, he had enough and fought back. After spending the summer lifting weights, he broke the nose of one of the worst bullies. The others started to act all nice but he knew better. A high disipline, all boys, Catholic High School that the others couldn’t hope to get into acedemically provided the much needed relief and opportunity to reinvent himself.

Well, that’s my story at least.


5 posted on 03/20/2011 2:22:38 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: brytlea

He was bullied because they could bully him.

A gentle giant who because of his demeaner, wasn’t interested in fighting back and always turned the other cheek. Finally, after enough torment from kids who thought they were prooving something by beating up on him, he had enough and fought back. After spending the summer lifting weights, he broke the nose of one of the worst bullies. The others started to act all nice but he knew better. A high disipline, all boys, Catholic High School that the others couldn’t hope to get into acedemically provided the much needed relief and opportunity to reinvent himself.

Well, that’s my story at least.


6 posted on 03/20/2011 2:22:41 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: brytlea

It appears he was bullied because he was chubby....


7 posted on 03/20/2011 2:25:04 PM PDT by leenie312
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To: brytlea

It appears he was bullied because he was chubby....Fat kids are easy targets for bullies.


8 posted on 03/20/2011 2:25:30 PM PDT by leenie312
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To: OldDeckHand

Good to see a bully get his a$$ handed to him...and for the whole world to see!!!!


9 posted on 03/20/2011 2:27:05 PM PDT by Arpege92 (If you don't stand behind our troops...please feel free to stand in front of them!)
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To: OldDeckHand

I thought it odd, the bully seemed much smaller. Just wondered what the background story was. I think in most cases it’s best to let kids work it out, but adults need to be on the lookout and monitor because sometimes kids can’t work it out. Of course, human children were never intended to be tossed into large groups of similar age children to be raised by each other with a few adults to ride herd. It’s a highly unnatural way for them to grow up.


10 posted on 03/20/2011 2:28:27 PM PDT by brytlea
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To: Incorrigible

Good post.

This is exactly why he was bullied.


11 posted on 03/20/2011 2:28:52 PM PDT by JimBianchi11 (The 2A is the cornerstone of our free society. Those that don't support it, oppose it.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Bookmarked


12 posted on 03/20/2011 2:30:17 PM PDT by freejohn
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To: Yorlik803

How can anyone not get an uplifting feeling when seeing this video. Kudos to Casey.


13 posted on 03/20/2011 2:31:06 PM PDT by Digger ((If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election))
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To: Incorrigible

Sometimes it’s hard being a kid. We moved a lot when I was growing up. I was always the new kid. At the time I thought it was really hard. Now I look back and realize it made me resilient and sociable. But I also never was prom queen or that sort of thing.


14 posted on 03/20/2011 2:31:44 PM PDT by brytlea
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To: OldDeckHand
I did here a discussion on one of the cable talkers that implied the bully was a prolific bullier in the school, and not just of the kid who eventually fought back. Of course, there's no way of knowing if that's true.

We do have some circumstantial evidence that the little kid has been a bully his whole life.

His parents have come out and insisted that Casey apologize because everyone is making fun of the little kid now. Those are the actions of bullies, and it may be that the little kid comes from a family of bullies.

15 posted on 03/20/2011 2:33:53 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: leenie312

He seemed big, but he didn’t seem inordinately large, I thought the other kid was just a really small kid.


16 posted on 03/20/2011 2:33:53 PM PDT by brytlea
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To: brytlea

Story of my life too Brylea. Always moving, but I don’t see strangers, just friends I haven’t make yet.


17 posted on 03/20/2011 2:36:36 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: OldDeckHand

This story is almost an exact copy of what just happened in WI.


18 posted on 03/20/2011 2:38:49 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: Balding_Eagle

I should have added, Casey represents the taxpayers, the little snotty kid the unions.


19 posted on 03/20/2011 2:39:44 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: brytlea
Why on earth was he bullied?

Why did Islam attack America?

There are bullies in this world, and they have no rhyme or reason. They just look for a show of weakness. Like a dog knows who is afraid, bullies just KNOW.

20 posted on 03/20/2011 2:41:02 PM PDT by runninglips (government debt = slavery of the masses)
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To: brytlea
It is a part of the human psyche. Once a clique ostracizes and belittles an individual (Freeze, Isolate and demonize - Saul Alinsky), others join in to feel important and satisfy some innate inner evil. Just look at the bullying Sarah Palin endures.

When I go into the school this next week, I expect to witness the opening of a lot of cans of Whoop Ass.

21 posted on 03/20/2011 2:41:36 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (The less I say, the more I'm right...)
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To: brytlea
Thank you for noticing that. Schools are the most socially limiting structure one can imagine save for isolation.

If you put a group of kids of the same age together with little supervision you should expect "Lord of the Flies" behavior.

Yet the school system whines that home-schooled children don't get social interaction to try to eliminate the lack of revenue.

22 posted on 03/20/2011 2:47:31 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (The less I say, the more I'm right...)
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To: OldDeckHand

During an interview with A Current Affair , Casey said he had been bullied almost every day at school and even contemplated suicide a year ago when the taunts became too much.

“I started putting myself down and all the crap just kept piling on,’’ he said.

“That’s when I contemplated suicide.’’

A Year 10 student at Chifley College, St Marys, Casey said he was being targeted by a new gang of Year Seven students last Monday when he was attacked by Ritchard Gale.

Casey said his outburst was a “build-up’’ of more than three years of being attacked verbally and physically by other students.

“They used to slap me on the back of the head and said I was a fatty and to lose some weight.

“I’ve been duct taped to a pole before as well. They target me because I don’t retaliate.

“I’ve never reacted that way before but everything built up inside me for three years...I just had enough. All I wanted is for it to stop.’’

http://www.news.com.au/national/casey-heynes-breaks-silence-over-bully-video-from-chifley-college-and-thoughts-of-suicide/story-e6frfkvr-1226025127646


23 posted on 03/20/2011 2:48:59 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: OldDeckHand

In school, I was picked on a lot, too, and I did the Christian thing, too, I turned the other cheek, let them have at me, but then one day, the cork blew, and I took the punk out (I punched him in the head and knocked him down). I was never bothered again after that. I think respect and self-respect are two very important characteristics in any person.


24 posted on 03/20/2011 2:50:00 PM PDT by swatbuznik
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To: OldDeckHand

Mother of Bully Body-Slammed in Video Demands Apology From Her Son’s Victim

Gale’s mother, Tina, says she and her family are the victims, now that the video has gone viral, and she says Heynes owes her family an apology.

“We don’t need this posted everywhere,” she told Australia’s Seven Network on Wednesday. “I would like him to apologize.”

Tina said while was “shocked” at Ritchard’s behavior, she didn’t think he deserved to be slammed to the ground. Neither boy suffered serious injuries in the fight.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/03/17/mother-australian-bully-body-slammed-video-demands-apology-victim/


25 posted on 03/20/2011 2:52:38 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: OldDeckHand

“I actually snapped, and grabbed him, and picked him up off the ground, and threw him to the ground in self defense,” the 16-year-old told Australia’s “A Current Affair” in an interview that aired Sunday.

“I wasn’t really thinking, I was just like, ‘Yeah, finally it’s over,’” he said of the experience. “I was scared.”


26 posted on 03/20/2011 2:56:08 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: WVNan

:) Most adversity can be turned to your advantage, altho not always. I had an extremely supportive family, which is probably key. In hindsight I wouldn’t trade my upbringing, altho I do sometimes feel a twinge of jealousy when friends talk about their tightknit community upbringing. I don’t have *roots*. However, I’ve lived everywhere, I’ve seen lots of things, and I have a very different perspective of things than most people. So...it’s all good. Just different.


27 posted on 03/20/2011 2:56:56 PM PDT by brytlea
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To: brytlea

bttt


28 posted on 03/20/2011 2:57:08 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: leenie312

One of my children is heaavy. Always has been, beautiful but big. Since the time she was three or four she has been verbally assaulted about her weight by other children.

Now as an adult she gets it less and there are certain men who just relish her lushness. And she is beautiful in a big lush way.

Prediction:
With three D and holographic viewing coming up I predict that round heavy people will come back into style. Thinness has been in style because of the two dimensions of tv. As that barrier is broken I think that lush large bodies will prevail.


29 posted on 03/20/2011 2:57:37 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Totalitarian Fascism is here, now.)
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To: runninglips

They choose who they choose for a reason. You may not know what it is, but that is not the same as there being none.


30 posted on 03/20/2011 2:57:52 PM PDT by brytlea
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To: OldDeckHand

“I didn’t realize how much trouble he was actually in until I saw that video,” Heynes’ father, Colin, told “A Current Affair.” “And he said ‘Well, that goes on every day, dad.’”

Heynes and Gale have both been suspended because of their school’s “zero tolerance” policy regarding fighting.

The teen doesn’t regret lashing out at the bully, even though he admits he could have seriously hurt the younger boy.

“I just wanted it to stop,” he said.

While many are praising Heynes, his father fears the fight video will only invite more bullies to target his son.

“There’ll be reprisals from other kids in the school and he still has to go to school somewhere,” he said, Australia’s Daily Telegraph reports.

“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.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2011/03/20/2011-03-20_australian_teen_who_attacked_bully_in_youtube_video_says_he_just_snapped.html


31 posted on 03/20/2011 2:58:00 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Aevery_Freeman

When you go into what school?


32 posted on 03/20/2011 2:59:08 PM PDT by brytlea
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To: brytlea

Possibly because of his size, physical conformation. Not that that excuses the bullies, but might in some degree explain their actions. He was different, and by his custom of not responding belligerently may have caused his tormentors to think they could continue to bug him without consequences.


33 posted on 03/20/2011 3:00:15 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: Aevery_Freeman

Even as a former school teacher, I think home schooling is fantastic. Baring that, something along the lines of one room school house with small groups of mixed ages is probably a much better situation. Putting large groups together as we do now just is not a very normal or natural way for kids to interact. It probably is the most cost effective way, but I think we need to sit down and have a conversation as a country and decide if schools are there to, educate kids, baby sit kids or be jobs programs for adults. They cannot do all 3 of those things effectively, so we need to choose. At the moment, it appears that a small group is pushing for them to do #3 to the detriment of #1. I don’t think the American public has really come to grips with that fact.


34 posted on 03/20/2011 3:06:35 PM PDT by brytlea
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To: Aevery_Freeman
. Once a clique ostracizes and belittles an individual (Freeze, Isolate and demonize - Saul Alinsky),

Good point here. If you get the chance to page through Saul Alinsky's book it's really a "how to" manual for bullies. We know Hussein was bullied as a kid (he said he was anyway), now he's getting back an the world by bullying the country on a massive scale.

I guess liberalism really is a mental disorder.

35 posted on 03/20/2011 3:07:37 PM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: Yorlik803

From about 5th through 8th grades, my life was turned inside out by bullies.

I was exactly like this young man from Australia — a big, good-natured kid, very studious, just wanted to be left alone.

My worst tormenters were almost always smaller than me — an interesting parallel to Third World politics as it has been played for as long as I can remember.

Ultimately, I weighed the reality of daily insults against the possibility that I might get blamed for “picking on” a smaller kid.

So, I simply wrestled them to the ground before they could lay a hand on me, then sat on them until they gave up. They suffered no lasting harm and never bothered me again.

But it wasn’t entirely that simple. A simple take-down worked well against garden-variety smartmouths.

With real delinquents, the old maxim that “bullies are cowards” doesn’t apply. Some kids learn at an early age that life’s greatest pleasure is hurting others, and they get really good at it.

I knew a few like that, but fortunately never had to go head-to-head with one. But I came close enough to realize that the forces of righteousness don’t always win.


36 posted on 03/20/2011 3:07:44 PM PDT by Colonel Blimp
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To: Balding_Eagle

Actually the newspaper that reported that took her statement out of context. She wanted her son to have the opportunity to apologize.


37 posted on 03/20/2011 3:08:18 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: kcvl

Thanks for the info. I’m glad he fought back instead of doing something to himself. Wish the other kids parents would take this as a learning experience and say something along the lines of, “This is what happens when you pick on someone. Go apologize and make friends.” And, I suspect the media would make a human interest story of that and in a short while it wouldn’t be an embarrassing story for him any more.


38 posted on 03/20/2011 3:09:54 PM PDT by brytlea
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To: leenie312

So are skinny kids. When I was a skinny kid in grade school back in the late 50s we had a bully who picked on me and several other kids starting in the first grade. One afternoon when we were in 3rd grade he pushed me over the line when we were walking home and I found myself on top of him beating the crap out of him in a scene very similar to the one in the movie Christmas Story. The jackass never gave me any trouble again.


39 posted on 03/20/2011 3:10:24 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Chickensoup

Oh great, just when I lose weight! Why am I always on the wrong side of the trend? ;)


40 posted on 03/20/2011 3:11:51 PM PDT by brytlea
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To: Straight Vermonter

See post #25


41 posted on 03/20/2011 3:11:51 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: Balding_Eagle

They are simply repeating the same inaccurate report.


42 posted on 03/20/2011 3:15:12 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Do you have a link to something different?


43 posted on 03/20/2011 3:16:14 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: Elsiejay

Probably. I just wondered what the back story was.


44 posted on 03/20/2011 3:20:34 PM PDT by brytlea
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What kind of media player do you need to play the video? It won’t play for me.


45 posted on 03/20/2011 3:29:35 PM PDT by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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To: OldDeckHand

Little $h!t deserved to be slammed. One thing to watch is the kid in the white shirt. I think he was the bigger a-hole. I like the girl on how she told the white shirt to back off. White shirt IMHO is the more dangerous person than the little $h!t ! I think all of the kids involved in the bullying should have been punished as well !

Go Casey !


46 posted on 03/20/2011 3:30:04 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: Nea Wood

I had to give it some “special” permissions from firefox to allow it to get through my security.


47 posted on 03/20/2011 3:33:17 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (My best comments get deleted; if you can read this, it is not on the 'cutting edge'.)
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To: swatbuznik

“I was never bothered again after that. I think respect and self-respect are two very important characteristics in any person.”

Exactly.

When I was in fifth grade, I suddenly found myself being tormented by my next door neighbor, Johnny, although it was always after school.

I finally snapped. I grabbed him. He grabbed me. We tussled. I grabbed him by the thumbs. He then back off to my relief.

A couple of days later my Mom approached me in such a calmness I had never seen and said that Mrs. L. had told her she had taken her son to the hospital where it was found he had a broken thumb. I thought I was going to be punished big time. In my Mom’s calmness, she turned around and went back to what she was doing. To this day, I think she turned around and left because she was about to burst out laughing.

And by the way. I’m a girl.


48 posted on 03/20/2011 3:47:47 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: swatbuznik

P.S.

back off = backed off

Sorry.


49 posted on 03/20/2011 3:52:15 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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And by the way. I’m a girl.

Nice!
50 posted on 03/20/2011 3:57:20 PM PDT by swatbuznik
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