A video of a student in Australia standing up to a bully is making waves over the Internet.
The seven-and-a-half minute video shows a bullying incident wherein 12-year-old Richard Gale was punching Casey Heynes, 16. After a few seconds, viewers see Heynes picking Gale up, and slamming him onto the ground -- an act which has gained Heynes the reputation of a hero, and Gale that of a villain.
However, a recent interview on an Australian news programme revealed a twist -- the roles bully and victim may actually have been reversed.
Gale now claims that the clip failed to tell the full story as Heynes was supposedly the one who abused him first by calling him an "idiot" and then hitting him, just before the tape began to roll.
Gale's father, Peter, admitted that though his son "is no angel", he believes that there is more to the story, and hopes for the Internet users to stop the hatred towards his son, and to leave Heynes alone as well.
When asked on-camera if he was sorry for his actions, Gale offered a quick "no", before taking it back after a pep talk by his father.
This showed that Gale was not remorseful for what he had done.
In the interview, Gale also revealed that he was the subject of bullying for almost all his life, and now "snaps" easily when provoked, which was what happened after Heynes' alleged taunts.
Gale, who found out that Heynes has also been subjected to bullying "his whole school life", apologised for picking on him, and advised his friends not to bully, "because you may end up getting hurt, bad".
However, the 12-year-old was adamant that what he did to Heynes was "most probably not" bullying.
The original video had more than 500,000 views since it was posted on YouTube on Monday.