Should Bullied Kids Be Encouraged to "Fight Back"?
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|Sun, 03-20-2011 - 10:04pm|
The web's buzzing over a video taken in an Australia school in which Casey Heynes is seen taking hard punches and verbal teasing from a smaller boy. Classmates say Casey, a heavy student, is often the victim of bullying at the school. But in this moment, captured on video, Casey finally retaliates, lifts the bully up, and violently slams his body to the ground. End of story? Not when there's video to be shared… and shared… and shared.
Although the original video was eventually taken down by YouTube, Casey now has a dedicated Facebook Group “liked” by over 100,000 prople. MSNBC calls him an “internet hero.” And Taiwan-based NMA-TV even covered it in one of their famous digital re-enactments. Parents, particularly fathers, are clapping their hands in support. The school has suspended both boys, but a larger question remains: Was what Casey did right? And should parents be counselling their kids to retaliate against a menacing bully?