Cody Pines, the boy who took out a blind kid’s bully at Huntington Beach High School, has just given an interview that will probably make you like the guy even more.
There have been a lot of stories circulating lately about Pines getting suspended for his protective actions. One story going around the web Friday had him being booted from the football team, even though a Huntington Beach High spokesperson has since confirmed that he wasn’t on the team to begin with.
With so much fact and fiction going around, you can’t blame the guy for wanting to get out in front of it and explain his side of things.
Regarding the bully — a boy named Noah — his comments were particularly surprising.
Even though he wasted the guy on a YouTube video seen around the world, he doesn’t seem to harbor ill will.
In comments to FOXLA, Cody Pines admitted that he “didn’t really want to hit him,” but felt that he had to when Noah struck Austin, the blind boy in the video.
That’s when Pines snapped and slugged Noah, then had this to say.
“You trying to jump a f***ing blind kid, bro? What the f*** is your problem?” he asked, adding that if he ever caught Noah coming at Austin again — well, you get the point, and if you don’t, here’s a NSFW reminder.
In the heat of the moment, Pines clearly “lost it” on Noah, but he insisted in comments reported by the New York Daily News that he’s not exactly proud of himself.
“I kinda regretted it but I kinda didn’t because if I didn’t Austin would’ve been more hurt,” he said, adding that he felt bad about Noah’s arrest that resulted from the video.
“I don’t want to ruin his life,” he said.
Everyone who knows Cody Pines — friend and family member — that is now speaking out about him have nothing but good things to say.
“Cody has always been a great kid and him defending someone less fortunate is absolutely no surprise,” said family friend Priscilla Nakane in the NY Daily News report.
Teresa White, Cody’s grandmother, said that he “is a very caring and compassionate guy,” adding that she and her husband are “proud of our grandson for standing up for that young man.”
As far as Cody Pines was concerned, though, he wanted to make it less about him and more about Austin, the blind victim of the bully in the video.
“I hope everyone hangs out with him now and shows him love because Austin deserves it,” Pines said. “He’s such a cool kid.”
That being said, one group of people that are not commenting on Cody’s heroics are the Huntington Beach High School officials.
They have refused to commend his actions and released this statement on the incident itself.
“The Huntington Beach school community is disappointed and discouraged by the recent bullying behavior captured on video at Huntington Beach High School. We are proud of our quality high schools, and this incident does not reflect the school climates.”
They also said they would not “condone this type of behavior from any student.”
What do you think, readers?
Does Cody Pines deserve the positive attention he’s getting judging by his actions on the video? And what do you think should become of the bully?
[Images via FOXLA, YouTube]