1. Tone says

    I can understand that years of bullying would make him snap, but it was still horrible to watch. Despite thinking deep down that the bully had it coming to him, I really hope he wasn’t injured because it was a pretty brutal blow right onto concrete. And I hope the bullying kid is cured of his bad habit.

    More than anything I hope the school puts a stop to bullying once and for all. It doesn’t sound like they’ve done much up to now.

  2. Lexxvs says

    Don’t get me wrong, I’ve already opined about this case and –at a certain level- how just it to fend yourself when cornered as a LAST resort.
    But this report is SO WRONG in so many levels… Glorification of violence does not stop bullies. Fascination with violence actually creates more bullies. Bullies tend to pay violence with more violence; it’s their “language”.
    Obviously I liked to know the kids story and the background of what happened, but this report is so cheap and ill conceived. It makes no good to the bullied kids.
    The only positive aspect is that once again it puts the bully thing in the front page, though under the wrong light.
    The boy is NOT a hero, is a victim who happened to have the strength to successfully get back to his torturer, most of the bullied kid do not have that chance neither is the right way to go to advice kids to snap and use violence. Later do not lament the use of guns etc. .
    Stop glorifying violence. Our culture is already overstuffed with the concept of violence as a pleasure –video games, movies, etc.- and as the solution for everything.

  3. Ben In Oakland says

    Lexxus– while agree violence is never a good response, sometimes it is the only response. This kid IS a hero– to himself and his mum. And i suspect to any kid who has faced this.

    I was bullied a lot when I was a kid, and I remember snapping big time once, and for sure, a few more times that were not so big. It gave me a tremendous lift in my confidence, and to this day, it’s probably a bad idea to mess with me, 50 years later.

    I’m sure the TV station approached the bullies, and the declined to partiicpate. Had I been that kids Big Gay Parent, I would have insisted that he explain on TV why he thought bullying was a good idea, what he learned from it, and an apology to the victim.

    And this underlines the problem. Where ARE the parents in these matters? Where are the school administrators?

  4. Anastasia Beaverhausen says

    Lexxvs: Stop glorifying being a wimp! You can passively stand with your arms at your side while someone beats the crud out of you, but when you encourage others to feed your victim fetish you’ll only get them killed.

  5. Steve says

    The fact that he took 2 shots to the face and did nothing – until he snapped – shows he wasn’t naturally violent.

    I wish I had had that courage when I was bullied in 8th grade.

  6. Brian Miller says

    ROFL at Lexxus. All those platitudes and tattling to the administrator can get you two black eyes and some missing teeth with those bromides.

    Bullies are bullies because they feel a deep-seated superiority in assaulting others with the confidence that their assaults will not be returned.

    Smashing a bully in the mouth or nose with a closed fist and doing some serious physical pain and public humiliation destroys his ego and ensures he won’t bully you again.

    As for “where are the teachers and administrators,” give me a break. Anybody who has been bullied knows the bullies get their confidence from a scholastic system that elevates the bullies to “preferred” status. They’re often popular in-crowders, “friends” with teachers and administrators, and the promoted “golden children” in the school. Administrators and teachers ENABLE the violence to take place and will tell you — point blank — that they don’t believe you about the violence, or that “you must have brought it on yourself.”

  7. John says

    Lack of proper parenting skills, poor school administration has lead to this. Casey IS my hero. F**ck you to those that say violence is not the answer, that genie is out of the freakin’ bottle already and it won’t go back in. He turned the other cheek 4 TIMES and then snapped. After years of abuse he finally defended himself. Good for him. It’s what administrators and parents do with this that matters and sadly they’ll do nothing. It’s our nature…

  8. atheist says

    sometimes you have to do this. Physical dominance is still the way that some males “communicate” to establish a pecking order. reasoning doesnt work. but is really worrying is that this seems to be at epidemic levels. What is going on? When i was a kid in the 70s there was the odd bully but it was nothing like it is now. Then, you could rely on the school to stamp it out quickly and they did. Society has arrived at a truly appalling state when a child contemplates suicide.

  9. Dastius Krazitauc says

    “This kid IS a hero– to himself and his mum. And i suspect to any kid who has faced this.”

    I agree. When asked what his advice was for other kids being bullied, this well-spoken young man didn’t advocate violence, he said “Look for the good days. Keep your chin up. School won’t last for ever”. For a kid who admits having once considered suicide, that’s a powerful message.

  10. Clif3012 says

    Would Casey be such a hero had the bully died? Like anyone else who was bullied in school, it was hard not to cheer for him, but had the kid been seriously injured or killed, Casey would be in jail and multiple lives would’ve been ruined. It should never have got to his stage.

  11. ratbastard says

    What’s going on since the 70’s is the school administration bureaucracy is frightened of lawsuits, has teacher contracts that, like all contracts, has very specific do’s and don’ts regarding what a teacher or administrator can/can not or doesn’t have to do. Our schools have also been breeding grounds for social engineering for the past 40 plus years.

    Also, parents [or often simply parent singular] in general across the board, have become much more bombastic regarding their children’s bad behavior and more often than not defending or excusing such behavior.

  12. jj says

    yes, the situation all around is terrible. I have to admit when I saw the video I thought, “jesus christ, that kid could have cracked his head open.” but you know what? that’s life. theres a lesson learned here: you don’t punch someone in the face unless you’re ready for the consequences.

  13. Russell says

    Maybe I missed something, but how did the first video happen to be made? Casey’s sister said that he showed it to her that day, when he got home from school. Casey says that he had no friends, but who was holding the camera? Not attacking Casey (wouldn’t dare), but this seems a possibly important question.

  14. Dastius Krazitauc says

    Russell, I’ve read that it was a friend of the little punk, Ritchard, who recorded the attack and posted it online. Ritchard was putting on a show that his friend was recording.

  15. Gregv says

    Rusell: in the video, the filmed appears to be a friend of the attacker, laughing as he punches Casey in the face multiple times as Casey appears to be trying to keep everything non violent – – until, of course, Casey is pushed beyond his limit of tolerating the attack.

  16. Bruce Wayne says

    As others, I was bullied for years in school. In 5th grade, I finally had enough of one bully, Billy Martin, and we faced off after leaving school. Everyone egged me on, to hit him in the face, but he wore braces, and I would not stoop that low. He sure hit Me in the face, though….until a female teacher stomped up the hill and broke us up.
    Another snotty kid, Frank Garofalo, used to more-tease than bully, but I also stood up to him, and just grabbed him and shoved him against a door…down he went, and never bothered me again!
    Ah..the good old school days of youth!

  17. Lexxvs says

    I would ask those who misunderstood me as advocating cowardice to get back to the –maybe painful- task of reading my post again, while stopping to analyze the phrases.
    I support the bullied guy and I support those who are able to make a stance by themselves. Once again I repeat that there are kids that are unable to do so. I repeat that sometimes violence by its own hand only could escalate violence for worse. I repeat that one kid snapping and fending himself while being bullied is not a hero –never was his intending, nor his proposal- but a victim. An UNWILLING victim of bullies.
    I repeat that glorifying violence as THE way to react and not as a LAST resort can and WILL lead to violence where horrible accidents can happen for every involved. Should the bully died, had his head CRACKED OPEN on the floor, the “hero” would have seen his life destroyed, even if absolved after an awful trial. I don’t doubt that not always will be happy endings and cheers. And when it happens, who will stay there to acknowledge that maybe calling a poor kid a hero was a little too far, a little misleading?
    Luckily I’ve never been a coward and never would stand apart if someone is bullied. The way to go is not encouraging naming the kid something he is not because some people want to see in his desperate and crazy act of defense the revenge for all the humiliated bullied kids of the world. Yes, once again, I repeat that bullied kids HAVE the right to fence themselves when cornered. BUT NO, violence must not be left as the first and right choice. When and IF they have the chance, they HAVE to ask for help to the grown ups, whether their parents or the school authorities. I could understand other kids crying out “hero”, but grown ups have to move to a mature direction, advocating –for instance- chances in the law, reforms in the schools, etc, where the real solutions lies.

  18. Tadpolicus Wex says

    The simple fact remains that the bullied kid had to take matters into his own hands. He got physical, he responded with violence. So why are my comments censored when I advocate that we as a community bash back. We will never achieve equality without a cintilla of bloodshed OR at least the willingness to body slam our detractors.

  19. Curt says

    I totally agree with John. I don’t believe for a minute that the bully didn’t learn a lesson. It’s bull that we should try to start dialogue and try to work it out. BULL! Fight back! Why do you think gays still geta harassed and bullied? It’s because we’re seen as weak and unable to defend ourselves. Anyone that hits me will get it back much worse. And they will deserve it.

  20. Theo says

    I am so proud of Casey. Very well behaved through all the interview and i can see his genuine being shine through. Unlike the boy that bullied him who was clearly a troubled kid.

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