http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ryan-walker-harry-potter-attack-3134853 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...s-head-against-fence-called-Harry-Potter.html It's really sad what happened to Ryan. I don't know the full story and can't make any firm judgements but what I can do is voice my opinion. My opinion is voiced on the assumption that Ryan was in fact a normal kid who wasn't accepted for who he was/is which in return damaged him as a person and halted his social development. I do not know if he had any prior mental illnesses that may have caused him to do what he did but I highly doubt that he did, although of course I may be completely wrong. I hardly believe that this incident was his first experience of being bullied, it's most likely something that has happened over years and has shaped his mind. He's most likely been mentally damaged by people whom are no better than him but think or show otherwise. Not everyone develops in the same pace, not everyone develops in the same way, and therefore you can't judge him for what he did without looking at all of the factors involved. I don't know what he is like in real life but I believe that his social development was severally disrupted due to people like these. It's not that he was unable to take a joke, to him it was most likely a form of attack on his personality, on his self esteem, on his life. Something that ruined and crushed him on the inside, something that has most likely been building up over years through various people. Bullies scar and potentially ruin people's lives for ever. Mental bullying psyches people out and it's probably one of the worst forms of bullying possible, it ruins peoples personalities, it imprisons them in other peoples judgements, it screws with their minds. Some will say, he could have seeked help, he could have done this, he could of done that. You know what? It's not as simple as it seems, bullying is one of the hardest things to tackle, not because there is no way to tackle it but because of what society has become. What's worse then just bullying? Group bullying. Where no matter what you do, you will always be the lonely one vs the army of bullies. It's extremely hard to truly get help when being bullied without making yourself more of a target. Not only that but most people (students, teachers, parents) are usually completely incompetent of truly helping. They're also unable to truly stop the bullying or sanction those that are responsible for it. What's worse, they usually fob it off or don't treat it as seriously as they should and in return the victim is the one who gets screwed over in the end when emotional action is finally taken by the victim due to lack of support and understanding. If you don't like someone then stay away from them, don't ruin their lives because you have nothing better to do. If you're just joking and you see that the joke is not mutually accepted and that your company is not enjoyed by this person then leave them alone and go joke about with your friends about your friends and not about those who are vulnerable due to past experiences. The shitty part is that now the bully will be treated like the real victim should have been treated but who's going to write an article about a kid who has been mentally bullied for most of his life? It wouldn't make the headlines. No one would care because there was no physical violence, no blood, nothing to attract people's attention. Now that the news has hit headlines, the bully will most likely feel entitled, they will feel like their life has been ruined, but did these people for one moment stop and think what they were doing to Ryan and his personality? I don't condone his actions, it was a terrible thing to do and should have not gone this far but I definitely don't feel sorry for the girls, they got what they wanted, a reaction. At least now they will know not to bully anyone in the future. I feel sorry for Ryan because of how his life has been pretty much fucked over. I feel sorry for all such people that are invisible victims who's lives will never be the same. I also feel sorry for one of the girls mums for making the following comment: "I feel sorry for the next person that calls him a name." Not only is it aggravating but it just doesn't stand, she should look at her own child and not make such comments. I understand every parent wants to protect their child but ugh it feels like she's implying that it was all his fault which to me makes her look like a fool. I think bullying is much more complex than just saying that he was bullied because he was a wimp and he couldn't handle the world. It stems from much more than just simple word calling and builds up gradually over time. And as some have no way of fighting back, once they do, it's all emotional and emotions can be dangerous especially in today's society. That's about all I could say without writing pages so please don't subject my opinion to interpretation, if I had the time I could write essays explaining my opinions and why I think what I think but it would be too much for me to write about and it would also consume way too much of my time. In fact I wasn't even expecting this but once I focus on something I can write and write and write until I cover all possible points. All language is subject to interpretation and no matter how someone explains something, there will always be something to hook onto or something that can be interpreted in a different way. This is why good lawyers are rich. On the other hand I don't mind opinions, I just wont be responding to anyone undermining my opinion as I don't have the time to discuss, I only wanted to voice my opinion and show my deep sorrow for those whom didn't have much control over their circumstances that have made them the way they are. Peace.