A California teenager is receiving praise after coming to the rescue of a blind classmate who was the target of violence by a school bully.
The incident was captured on cellphone video and was posted online, and is now going viral. One copy of the video has been viewed nearly 25,000 times in a day on YouTube, though there are multiple versions available on other services as well.
The video shows how the confrontation concluded just five seconds after the bully began punching his blind classmate in a crowd of spectators.
The blind student is seen with his hands in the air, struggling to ward off blows to the head and not fighting back. Moments later, the “hero” student intervenes, knocking the bully to the ground face first.
“Trying to f***ing jump a blind kid bro?,” he asks the bloodied bully laying on the ground. “What the f**k is your problem?”
“I swear to god if you f***ing f*** with this kid again, I will f*** you up,” he says before walking the victim away from the scene.
Huntington Beach High School is investigating the situation and is interviewing those who witnessed the incident, according to NY Daily News.
The school claims to have “a very strong anti-bullying code of conduct,” and they announced that they “will not condone this type of behavior from any student” in a public statement.
Huntington Beach High School has a very strong anti-bullying code of conduct and will not condone this type of behavior from any student.
Meanwhile, the hero student is receiving praise from thousands of internet viewers for his swift response.
“Good for him. We need more people like that in the world,” wrote one viewer on YouTube, which is currently one of the highest rated comments.
“This video has restored a small amount of my faith in humanity,” said another.
NBC4 Los Angeles reports in an update that the bully was later arrested for misdemeanor battery, and has since been released to his parents.
Police told NBC4 that the students have a “history of not getting along.”
The video of the incident is available below, but be warned: it contains graphic language.