Get ready for another necessary update to the resoundingly popular story of "Casey the Punisher," the once-bullied 16-year-old Australian student who became a YouTube star after taking matters into his own hands and unleashing a bit of buried rage on his tormentor.
In the latest chapter of Casey Heynes vs. Bullies Everywhere, someone is sticking up for the instigating bully who punched, poked and prodded Casey 'til he cracked. According to the UK's Telegraph, the bully's mother has retaliated against her son's victim:
The emotional mother of Ritchard Gale, Tina, told the Seven Network last night that she and her family have been victimised by the footage, which has spread worldwide. She also demanded an apology from the victim.
"We don't need this posted everywhere," she said. "I would like him to apologize."
She said she was "shocked" at her son's behavior, but did not think he deserved to be bodyslammed by Year 10 student Casey Heynes at Chifley College's Dunheved Campus, St Marys.
"I was actually shocked because I always brought my three children up to walk away from fights," she said.
At the Telegraph's own website, video footage of Ritchard receiving his just desserts has been viewed four times more than videos of the devastation that has struck Japan.
The bully's mom has an uphill battle ahead of her. In a very un-scientific poll, readers of The Blaze voted 99-1 in Casey's favor, saying his retaliation against Ritchard was justified.
In the meantime, Casey's parents are worried about his safety following the schoolyard altercation.
“There’ll be reprisals from other kids in the school and he still has to go to school somewhere,” Casey’s father said. “He’s not a violent kid, it‘s the first time he’s lashed out and I don’t want him to be victimised over that. He’s always been taught never to hit. Apparently other people‘s parents don’t teach their kids that.”