A really sad video has been making the rounds online for the last 24 hours or so. The 40-second clip shows a school-aged boy being taunted, teased, and physically harrassed by his peers. The boy being teased takes the abuse for 15-20 seconds, but then, in an attempt to defend himself from more phsycial harm, grabs the bully and slams him dramatically into the ground.
The bully limps away with what many are now reporting is a dislocated knee. And while it sounds as if neither of the children involved will suffer long-term physical harm, this whole scenario could have been so much worse. Take a look at the video below and you'll immediately understand why.
Reactions online have been almost universally in support for Casey, the boy being bullied. Even so, reports are that his school has suspended him for his involvement in the altercation.
Many are choosing to focus on the fairness of that verdict, but I personally can't stop thinking about how much worse this could have been and what could have been done to prevent it in the first place.
At this point I'm assumming you've watched the video. Was your first reaction to the body slam, like mine, something along the lines of, "Wow... he was so close to slamming the bully directly on his head!"? I've watched the clip several times now, and each time I can't believe how lucky everyone was that the bully was able to more or less walk away from the altercation.
What are your thoughts on this whole altercation? Was Casey justified in defending himself in the way that he did? What do you think would have happened if the bully was more seriously injured?