He’s a bully’s worst nightmare. We’ve now heard reports of bullies worldwide sleeping with the lights on. They’re walking in packs out of fear. They pushed just a little too far. And now, it’s different.
His name is Casey Heynes, and although only 15, by unanimous consent worldwide, he’s being hailed as a hero. Tens of thousands have posted their thanks. He doesn’t have a cape, but he’s something special.
First, let me give you some background. Casey is a slightly stout 15 year old from Sydney, Australia. He’s always had a limited number of friends. In fact, at the start of this year, he could tell you exactly how many: eight. Then, as pretty much every school age kid could understand, he began to take mocking from the so-called popular crowd and somehow became socially toxic. His eight friends decided to save their hides and left him and Casey found himself all alone. Completely unprotected in the high school jungle, the beatings ramped up. Every day.
He later called a “good day” when he was able to avoid the other kids. And life was lonely.
And then it happened. Something snapped. As Popeye once said, “I had all I can stand. I can’t stands no more”.
A pack of hyenas cornered him. What could be the leader pinned Casey against a wall, grabbed his shirt and gave him a right hook to the face. He absorbed the punch probably just hoping for the moment to end.
He then tried the hook again but Casey blocked it. Then in a mocking boxer pose, the relentless bully gave a jab to the stomach. Then another. And, little did he know that it was one punch too many. Then it happened.
Casey grabbed the smaller bully, wrestled for a moment, and then picked him up above his head in a move that Hulk Hogan would call impressive. And threw down his tormentor, releasing years of anger and frustration.http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xhlepn
He later said he threw him down to end the confrontation and prepare for the inevitable assault from the friends. But it didn’t happen. I’m sure they were thinking that it wasn’t supposed to happen like this. The rulebook had changed. They were the attackers. They weren’t supposed to be on defense.
There was a stunned silence. Casey turned around, while his tormentor tried to stand up shocked by the pain that was inflicted upon him for the first time, and noticed that he had trouble walking.
Casey had won. Technical knock out. And it wasn’t much of a fight.
Casey walked away, probably thinking he had won a small battle, but thought of what would happen next. But it was over. He hadn’t just won, but he earned his self respect back. His father notes that he walks taller now.
Casey had won. And the world was watching. Once the video went viral, around the world, in country after country, kids and adults alike are watching Casey and realizing that it’s possible. They don’t need to be resigned to simply absorbing the punch. They can stand tall. Casey had won, and now millions are carrying him on their shoulders in victory.