Casey ‘Little Zangief’ Heynes, a brave Australian schoolboy who stood up to a playground bully, has won screeds of online praise after a video of him fighting back against his tormetor was released on YouTube yesterday.
Nicknamed ‘Little Zangief’, after the Streetfighter2 videogame character whose signature move is a piledriver, overweight Heynes, a pupil at Chifley College Dunheved’s Campus in New South Wales, first takes a punch in the face from his persecutor Richard Gale but holds his cool until it’s obvious the smaller, cockier kid is not going to stop his harrassment.
Heynes grabs his bully, picks him up and delivers a stunning piledriver into the merciless asphalt. His antagoniser struggles to get to his feet and when he does, is very shaky before he topples over.
Almost instantly the clip, filmed on Monday, became a viral sensation, spawning remixes, slo-mo replays and even tribute songs.
Heynes has enjoyed a hero’s reception online with international praise and encouragement from all walks of life. He’s even had a Facebook page set up in his honour – it’s so far garnered more than 72,000 ‘likes’.
@Happy harry Toons tweeted: “The Zangief kid is just rocking my world. It’s the best child on child violence I’ve seen all day.
Hottellio120 commented on YouTube: “GOOD JOB ZANGIEF KID! YOU DID A WONDERFUL JOB. BULLY PERSON EPIC FAIL”
@ mariamenounos wrote on Twitter :”Casey is an instant hero & a beacon of light to all who are/have been bullied to stand up and stop taking it!”