- The Washington Times - Friday, September 25, 2015

A California high school student is being hailed a hero after he stopped an attack on a visually impaired student by throwing his teen attacker to the ground.

The teen identified only as Noah was arrested for misdemeanor battery after a video of him hitting his peer, Austin, at Huntington Beach High School circulated on social media, the New York Daily News reported.

Wednesday’s beating was cut short after junior Cody Pines, 17, knocked Noah to the ground with a single punch, the video shows.

“You trying to jump a [expletive] blind kid, bro?” Cody can be heard saying in the video. “What the [expletive] is your problem?”

Cody said Thursday that he “didn’t really want to hit [Noah], but when you punch a blind kid, that’s what made me so mad,” he told a local Fox affiliate.

“I kinda regretted it, but I kinda didn’t because if I didn’t, Austin would’ve been more hurt,” he said.

Cody said he feels bad Noah got arrested, because “I don’t want to ruin his life.”

Though many of his peers described Noah as a “bully,” Huntington Beach police said the incident does not appear to be connected to Austin’s disability. Police said Austin and Noah “have a history of not getting along” and got into a verbal argument at lunch, prompting Noah to hit the other student, the Daily News reported.

Police said they do not expect to press charges against Cody.

His actions, however, weren’t praised by everyone. Cody was kicked off the high school’s football team as a result of the fight, the Los Angeles Times reported. Now a petition to help him get back on the team has garnered more than 31,000 supporters.

“People like this who are willing to stand up and lead is more of what we need in America,” supporter Joshua Todd wrote. “A continued passive attitude or an attitude that discourages doing what is morally right, such as the attitude of Huntington Beach High, creates the situation our country is in.”

The Huntington Beach Union High School District said in a statement Thursday: “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.”

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