Here’s a video interview with Casey Heynes, giving his part of the story of how he was bullied:
Some key points here:
- The bullying had been going on for years.
- His bully in the video, Richard Gale, had been targeting him for weeks already before the incident.
- Casey didn’ t retaliate or fight back prior to this.
The question I want to ask all those “Violence never solves anything!” advocates is this:
How far should Casey have let things go before he was “justified” in fighting back?
Should he have let himself be bullied for years first? Check.
Should he have let it devolve to the point of physical violence? Check.
Should he have let it get to where they tie him up to induce psychological torture (if you haven’t been tied up against your will before as a child, shut up before you say something stupid…)? Check.
So what else should he have allowed to happen to him before you think he was justified in putting an end to the bullying?
The school, the parents or other children sure didn’t stop the bullies. So the only person who could do something was Casey himself. And he did. Which I applaud him for. It takes a lot of guts to finally fight back, especially if you’ve been victimized for years. Here’s hoping this incident and the wave of sympathy he’s getting now serves him as an important life lesson: nobody will stand up for you if you don’t stand up for yourself first.
A quick note to the ‘violence is always wrong.” crowd: my question was rhetorical, no need to respond. You wouldn’t understand anyway.