No, I am not posting this video. Too many others have posted it already. The boy from Australia who fought back admits he finally snapped from bullying. He is not a hero, but he deserves understanding and compassion. He had experienced repeated acts of bullying before this video went viral.
I certainly understand why he snapped. I also get why so many think he is a hero. I am proud of this young man for gaining control after he threw the bully. He did not keep attacking the bully although he could have. For the record, his father does not believe violence is the answer, nor do I.
You can see a video that includes the boy’s explanation of why he snapped, and comments from his older sister and his dad, as well as copies of doctored versions of the video that went to multiple countries, by clicking on the link below to Alan Eisenberg’s blog. I hope you will comment at Alan’s blog and then return here.
What is the answer? I still believe the answer is getting bystanders to help and I still believe schools need to reward them for reporting bullying and for standing up to the bullies. I also believe the bully needs help so they can learn to treat others with respect. We need programs that rehabilitate the bully. They then need to give back by teaching the importance of respecting others to their peers as a form of community service.