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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Casey Heynes’ Bully, Richard Gale: “He Abused Me First”

(By Brad Cohen, SportsGrid) - After Casey Heynes, the Australian high schooler who gained viral fame when he bodyslammed his bully in self-defense, finally broke the silence on Australian news program 'A Current Affair', his antagonist spoke out on 'Today Tonight'.

Casey, 16, says he has been been the target of abuse his whole life—including being duct taped to a pole—because he never retaliates. But 13-year-old Richard Gale, the boy who punched Casey, claims he has also been bullied his whole life, and that Casey actually provoked him with taunts such as “class idiot.” He also makes the claim that Casey hit him first.

Judging by the video, where Casey stands in passive defense before bodyslamming Richard, it seems hard to believe he could have started the fight. And judging by internet message boards, people are having a hard time buying Richard’s story.


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