While colloquially known as Zangief for sharing the signature suplex of everyones favorite Russian Street Fighter, the 16 year-old Australian student Casey Hayes took the internet by storm by taking out impressive revenge on his small tormentor. The video quickly went viral, causing multitudes of remixes and voice overs, and all those "internet justice" types such as Anon and 4Chan had a field day obtaining private information and raining hell upon the bully Ritchard Gale. The primary issue brought to light by these groups was the punishment of Casey Hayes. Casey recieved a suspension nearly as harsh as that of his pint sized bully. Clearly from the video we can see that Casey is under attack and the fact that he kept calm so long is a feat in its self. Society's stance on school yard fights remains unmoved; violence is never an option, even if provoked. No matter how vividly Casey is portrayed as shinning beacon of support to the bullied, as an adult complying to societal rules and such, we must place him in the wrong. We simply can't glorify real violence between teenage kids. Deep down inside, I still wan't to give this kid a high five.
I think Gabe and Tycho over at Penny Arcade hit this nail on the head.