There’s a new viral video making the rounds, along with a media blitz about Casey Heynes, the boy caught on tape fighting back against his bully. This story is out of Australia and has gotten international attention. The video shows how Casey snapped when being taunted and punched and picks up and slams his bully to the ground. Here’s a video piece about this story.
Both boys were suspended from school. There was some outrage that Casey was punished. There are many people who made follow-on videos praising Casey for what he did. Certainly, defending ones self is something that many victims need to do. But as I watched the video, I saw where Casey could have slammed this boy down on his head, possibly causing serious injury or even death. Casey admittedly snapped and I do believe he did. And the boy who chose to bully him made the mistake of picking on a bigger and stronger boy.
But violence answering to violence can’t be the answer. Finding better solutions to solve this problem of bullying must be addressed. This video is a prime example of how extreme a victim can take it when they finally break from bullying. While Casey used his hands and strength to overpower his bully, another victim could do the same with a gun or weapon. It just can’t be the answer.
I do understand the positive feelings that some have seeing Casey defeat his bully. But watch again and watch how injured the bully is afterward. He is just a young boy as well. So with the positive aspect, do we need to make sure we talk about the negative aspect, which is the violence that ends this encounter and the feelings that Casey describes feeling as a mental break that caused him to take violent action? I know that many believe we end bullying by fighting back, but what message are we giving when we say this is the solution? Let me know what you think.