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Casey Heynes ‘Should Apologise’ – Update


The Murdoch tabloids have issued a clarification of this story. Ritchard Gale’s mother said she thought Ritchard should apologise, not Casey Heynes. The Murdoch press has apologised to Tina Gale and so does Values Australia.

We are also sorry – because after all this time we should have known better – that we imagined for a moment that anything a Murdoch paper published could be trusted.

Casey Heynes – according to the bully, Ritchard Gale’s, mother – is victimising not only her son but her entire family because of a video which (according to reports) Gale’s friends proudly posted to YouTube.

Way to blame the 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 apologise.”

She said she was “shocked” at her son’s behaviour, 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.

Just wondering. Would that be the “emotional mother” as opposed to the “natural mother”. Or the “decent mother”?

Ritchard Gale didn’t “deserve” what was done to him. It was just a consequence of his actions. An outcome he wasn’t expecting.

The mother is wrong, of course, when she says she brought her children up to walk away from fights. If she actually had done that, Ritchard Gale would not be the bully that he is. But she, too, is blameshifting. (“Don’t blame me. I tried to teach him his manners.”) And she ought not be shocked, unless she has no idea what her son is like, or doesn’t want to know.

The Telegraph also reported that:

“Students said violence was a daily occurrence with fights often filmed and posted online.

“The fights I have seen here, it’s horrible. It really makes me feel unsafe,” one said.

Often filmed? Often? If this is halfway true it is hard for the school (i.e. the Principal) to claim that they are serious about fostering an anti-bullying culture or that they did not know that bullying was endemic in the school. And if the students were not bringing this extent of fighting and bullying to the attention of staff and parents then shame, big shame, on them.

And (sigh) today, Friday, is the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence in Australia.

Yeah, right.

Perhaps it’s time for the Cairo solution (rather than the Libyan solution), all the bullied kids together moving en masse but non-violently and cornering the bullies. And as their standard-bearer, Casey Heynes.

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Comment from Hor-int
Posted: 18 March, 2011 at 10:57 pm

What? The mother has clearly blamed her son for the confrontation. She is telling Casey to stop distributing the video and going on talk shows because they’re getting DEATH THREATS.

And seeing as students and parents of students from the school are starting to come forward that Casey has bullied their child before this, it’s starting to become more and more obvious that it wasn’t Casey that snapped and fought back against a bully…but Richard was the one who finally snapped and fought back against Casey (if that wasn’t so obvious already by Casey shrugging off the blows of a vastly physically weaker child only to easily lift him up and smash him on the ground effortlessly, which apparenlty is the typical behaviour of a bullied child?) only to be beat up. Which is why it never happens, as kids who fight back against bullies tend to get the crap kicked out of them.

Comment from roger migently
Posted: 18 March, 2011 at 11:30 pm

I don’t understand. You’re just stirring the possum for fun, right? But for the moment, I’ll treat what you say seriously.
How is it Casey who was responsible for distributing the video? I’m not sure we’ve both seen the same video. It was Ritchard’s friend who recorded the video, not Casey.
From the body language of the two boys, and the verbal language of Ritchard and his friends, it’s clearly not Casey who set this incident up. Ritchard’s prancing attitude and taunting words are not those of a kid who is retaliating against a bully. I would be very sceptical of any kid who claimed Casey had been bullying other kids. It might make sense that Ritchard’s friends – other bullies – are now trying to pass this claim around to lessen the perception of their own guilt. Nevertheless I have searched all over the internet for any mention of what you claim about other students and parents saying Casey has been a bully. Please provide your link to these claims. Do you have a link to any video that would prove Casey was a bully? There should be if taking video of fights is as widespread as one student has claimed.
I can’t find any evidence of your assertion that what Casey did was “the typical behaviour of a bullied child” other than the obvious video evidence that he was being bullied by Ritchard and his friends. There are many reports that he had been bullied often. Can you point us to some evidence for your assertion? I’d really appreciate that.
Death threats are serious and stupid and the people who make them should be reported to, and dealt with by, the police immediately.
By the way, are you a student at Chifley College? Can you provide any more insight into what the school is like (you know, when the teachers aren’t watching)? Otherwise what you have written could seem like an attempt to extend the intimidation of Casey Heynes through the media.
I should add that people with serious and hopefully reasonably intelligent views are more than welcome to comment here. Trolls are exited – or ridiculed.

Comment from Technomancer
Posted: 19 March, 2011 at 1:49 pm

?”I’m sorry I defended myself against an unwarranted physical threat to my body. I’m sorry I stood up for myself against a bully that happened to be your son. I’m sorry you’re not fit enough as a parent to teach your son what we in the civilised world consider proper behavior. I’m sorry that people like your son are allowed to get away with their behavior because people like you, and our school system, are completely apathetic to the vile behavior people like your son exhibit. And I’m sorry I didn’t kick his punk ass sooner.”
How’s that for an apology?

Comment from Michael
Posted: 19 March, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Yes, because it was Casey’s friends who filmed their friend being bullied, because they thought it would be a laugh to preserve his humiliation for posterity.

Richard’s mother should come to the realisation that while she may have tought her children to walk away from fights, once children go to school and begin mingling with others they most often follow their own values and not their perants.

For whatever reason, Richard thought it would be funny to hurt an individual who he thought was defencless. he got what he deserved. End of story.

Comment from gavin
Posted: 19 March, 2011 at 3:12 pm

The bullys mum actually wanted her son to apologise, not the other way around. The Mail has since posted a clarification.

Comment from roger migently
Posted: 19 March, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Thanks very much for pointing this out.

Comment from trav
Posted: 20 March, 2011 at 8:21 am

The kid defended himself. No apology is required.

In as far as the other bully potentially getting hurt, well you reap what you sow.

Great work.

Comment from Andrew
Posted: 20 March, 2011 at 11:30 am

That little scumbag got what he deserved. Would have liked to have seen him hurt more! The world would be a better place without people like him. Dogs get put down when they attack people………..Ritchard you’re a dog. Nice spelling of your name by the way. Parents can’t spell?

Comment from Paul
Posted: 21 March, 2011 at 8:52 am

That kid had it coming and needed to learn his lesson – the hard way.

When I was around the same age as Casey, I was in a similar situation being picked on by several bullies at school. One day like Casey, I snapped and hit back – they never picked on me again.

Comment from DJM
Posted: 21 March, 2011 at 9:54 am


Comment from roger migently
Posted: 21 March, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Just for the record, it turns out she was misunderstood. She said didn’t say that Casey should apologise but that she thought her son should apologise. See the updated post.

Comment from Tobias
Posted: 22 March, 2011 at 2:05 pm

When are we going to start charge the adult staff of schools who have time and again complacently ignore their duty of care to these CHILDREN?

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