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It's heartwarming to hear about acts of kindness and bravery like this one. High schooler Cody Pines saw a bully attacking Austin Higley, a legally blind classmate. Rather than stand by and do nothing, he stepped right in to stop it.
"I felt like he was getting really hurt and I felt like it was my obligation to go up there and help him," 17-year-old Cody said. "That was my only reaction, to be honest. I didn't mean to hurt the [suspect] intentionally, but I just wanted to make sure my friend was OK."
In the shocking viral video (below), a teen repeatedly beats 16-year-old Austin on the head. Cody jumps in and stops the pounding with a punch.
In it, Cody says, "You trying to jump a fucking blind kid, bro? What the fuck is your problem?"
The teen who had been hitting Austin has apologized and faces misdemeanor assault charges. Meanwhile, Cody won't face any charges; as of today, more than 87,000 supporters signed an online petition urging officials not to suspend him for coming to rescue of his classmate.
Cody has known Austin since the sixth grade. Both are students at Huntington Beach High School in Huntington Beach, Calif.
The Huntington Beach Union High School District said in a statement that "Huntington Beach High School firmly believes that all students are afforded an opportunity to learn in a safe and secure environment. Because of this, safety is the highest priority. Huntington Beach High School has a very strong anti-bullying code of conduct and will not condone this type of behavior from any student."
In an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil this week, the two teens speak out together for the first time. "I was only trying to hit him once. I was trying to get him off of him," said Cody.
Austin, before choking up a bit, thanked Cody: "Honestly, I feel like you saved my life."
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