A bully who was reportedly attacking a blind student was knocked to the ground with one punch from a third person angered by the incident at Huntington Beach High School in California on Wednesday.
Huntington Beach Police reported that they arrested the accused bully in the incident, which was caught on video, and eventually released him to the custody of his parents, CBS Los Angeles reported.
Authorities said the blind boy and the third person who intervened will likely not face any charges.
Police told the television station that the alleged bully and the blind student have a history of not getting along, and said it is believed the fight was an isolated incident, noting that all three are under 18.
"School resource officers, detectives and school officials are working to find out exactly what happened," the Huntington Police Department said, according to NBC Los Angeles
"The student who stepped in, his actions were reasonable," officer Jennifer Marlatt added.
According to an online Care2Petitions, though, the "hero" student
— identified as junior Cody Pine — has been suspended from school and kicked off the football team for violating the school's zero-tolerance policy on violence.
More than 17,300 people have signed the petition asking that Pine be re-instated to the football team.
"We believe Cody should be back on his football team and back in school where he belongs," Phil Brooks, who started the petition, wrote on the website. "While violence is never the best option, what Cody did to defend his friend and classmate was justified."
The brother of the alleged bully told NBC that the blind boy was actually taunting his brother, who was charged with misdemeanor battery.
Other students, though, said that the blind student was attacked by the bully unprovoked.
"I saw like a half circle around a group of kids," student Grant Morel told CBS LA, "and I wanted to see what was up. And I see this kid like getting wailed on by another kid. And I got kinda mad and was ran over there and I was going to go break it up, but then my step-brother Cody like pushed me inside."
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