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The Bullied Strikes Back

March 20th, 2011 · 3 Comments

This video is currently doing the rounds of Facebook pages of
teenagers across the globe. And for good reason. More children have either been bullied or know someone who's been bullied than are bullies.

It makes for compelling viewing to see a bully finally hit back. It's the fantasy of every bullied child. No wonder the bullied boy who hit back, Casey Heynes, is now seen as a hero.

But as I watched the video for the first time, all that I could think was how lucky for Casey that the bully wasn't seriously hurt. If Casey had broken the smaller boy's neck, the outpouring of support may well have been different.

We want our children to be able to stand up for themselves. We encourage them to fight back. And so we celebrate the courage of Casey Heynes. But would we also be happy for our child to carry the burden of seriously injuring another?

Bullied children everywhere should rightly have puffed out their chests when this incident occurred. Casey's action was a stance on behalf of all of those children whose self-esteem had been kicked and trodden on for years. But we should encourage our kids to fight back in a manner that will not adversely affect the rest of their lives by endangering the life of another.

Tags: Bullying · Education · Self-esteem · Uncategorized · Violence

3 responses so far ↓

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