I recently read Danielle Sullivan’s coverage of the Australian bully being handled by the now famous would-be-victim Casey Heynes. Opinions and commentary abound on the Internet about the two main players, but I’d like to expose the minor players -- including a heroine of a girl at the end who thwarted a potential second attacker.
Before the first punch, as the pint-sized bully starts threatening Casey, notice two girls within arms length of the attacker. They watch the fight develop, taking it in, being entertained. Neither speak or act, simply holding their rubbernecked gaze as Casey's face is blasted by a cannonball of a fist. Unbothered by this sudden violence, the girls stand with folded arms as though they were looking at dresses. It’s only when it looks like the fight might start taking up space that they decide to move away. Where did they go? Hopefully to tell a teacher, but more likely to a vantage point with less chance of blood spatter.
After Casey, single-handledly, takes care of the bully we see that another girl has appeared in the background (the arrow). Casey is clearly panicked, having just been forced in injure someone in a fight he didn’t want. As the first bully struggles on the ground an accomplice takes his place.
Casey looks the second boy in the eye, doubt and fear evident in his face and body language. Thoughts probably flickering through his brain. “Will this next guy attack me too? Should I fight? I don’t want to fight. Please let this end.” Casey decides suddenly to disengage, turning his back, obviously wanting to end the incident. As Casey walks away it looks like the second boy has designs to continue the onslaught, and he might have gone for the blindside.
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That wonderful, brave, heroic girl steps in without hesitation to push the attacker away, giving Casey a chance leave the scene. I was so disappointed at seeing those first two girls that I missed the heroine when I first viewed it. The second time my heart was lifted by the courage of that last girl. She risked her safety, having seen a viscous attack, yet she made the move her conscience demanded. She cared for another human and she did what she had to do to save him. She made a difference. Huge high five to her; I hope that me and my boys do that every time.
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