High school teen who defended a blind classmate who was being beaten by a bully is SUSPENDED and kicked off football team
We are not cool with the school suspending this kid..
A California teenager, Cody Pine who rushed to help a blind classmate being beaten up by a bully has been kicked off the football team.
The high school junior was hailed as a hero for intervening after he saw the ‘visually impaired’ student being repeatedly hit round the head during lunch break at Huntington Beach High School, California on Wednesday.
Footage, filmed by a bystander, shows the teen knocking the bully to the ground with a single punch to stop the attack.
Bully: The visually impaired student (pictured cowering) was being hit around the head by his bully (in the hat) before teen intervened
He leaves the boy lying bleeding on the ground while he checks on the visually impaired victim, before turning back to the attacker and asking him:
‘You trying to jump a f***ing blind kid, bro? What the f*** is your problem?’
The unnamed bully was today arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and released to his parents, according to Huntington Beach Police.
Police officer Jennifer Marlatt told My News LA the incident did not appear to have any connection with the victim’s disability but said Austin and his attacker ‘have a history of not getting along’.
The officer said the argument had begun after the victim walked past his tormenter, and quickly escalated into a physical fight.
‘Another student saw the fight and intervened to prevent the suspect from further assaulting the victim,’ Marlatt said in a news release.
Students told KCAL9 the visually impaired student was attacked for no reason.
Grant Morels said: ‘I saw like a half circle around a group of kids and I wanted to see what was up. And I see this kid like getting wailed on by another kid.’
No arrest is expected for the intervening teen who has been praised by his peers and online for standing up for his classmate.
But his school took a different approach and are believed to have kicked the have-a-go-hero off the football team after he breached their ‘zero-tolerance’ policy on violence.
Footage, filmed by a bystander, shows the school ‘hero’ knocking the bully to the ground in a single punch to stop the attack
A petition to get him reinstated on the team has now been launched online, which stands by the high school student’s actions.
The campaign’s website states: ‘We believe (the teenager) should be back on his football team and back in school where he belongs. While violence is never the best option what Cody did to defend his friend and classmate was justified.
‘And schools ‘zero-tolerance’ policies out even the person saving disabled friends.’
The petition has now had more than 1,000 responses with many criticizing Huntington Beach High School’s decision.
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