The infamous schoolyard confrontation that captured the attention of the world last week is now playing out as a battle on news stations and websites.
As we've reported, Casey Heynes snapped when Ritchard Gale relentlessly bullied him. Casey's raw reaction immediately drew sympathy from people who've suffered the emotional distress of being bullied. With public support firmly on Casey's side, however, Ritchard is now claiming he was a victim and that Casey started the fight:
Casey has said he's been a target of school bullies his whole life because he never retaliates. But 13-year-old Ritchard says he's also been bullied and that Casey provoked him into fighting, calling him a "class idiot." Ritchard also claims it was Casey who threw the first punch.
Judging by the original video, it seems hard to believe Casey could have started the fight, but Ritchard insists, "He abused me first."
When asked if he's sorry for the fight, Ritchard says no, but changes his mind after his father signals him to off-camera.
h/t Sports Grid
Peter Gale maintains that bullying behavior is out of character for his son.
Meanwhile, Casey is not apologizing and believes his actions were justified.
At the end of the interview, Richard was asked if he will ever bully again, to which he responded: “most probably not.”