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.
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
“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.
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.
Posted: 17 March, 2011 in Australian Politics, Australian Values, Education, Internet, Life, politics and government, values.
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