Australian teenager Will “Egg Boy” Connolly has again received universal acclaim after donating $99,922.36 to the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings.
The Hampton teen, 17, escaped charges for cracking a raw egg on the head of Queensland Senator Fraser Anning in Melbourne after the controversial politician made victim-blaming comments about the March 15 shooting that killed 51 people.
Senator Anning, who was censured in a bipartisan vote in the Senate for his comments, and his supporters retaliated to the incident, with one crowd member holding Connolly on the ground in a chokehold.
The vision of the incident went viral, prompting the creation of two GoFundMe pages to raise funds for the new-found hero’s legal fees. But Connolly promised to donate the money to the victims.
“Finally!!! After a huge amount of red tape, $99,922.36 has today been transferred to the Christchurch Foundation and Victims Support,” Connolly posted on Instagram on Tuesday night.
“For those of you who don’t know, there were two GoFundMe pages set up to help cover the cost of my legal fees and to ‘buy more eggs’.
“Gratefully, Gordon Legal acted pro-bono for me so I don’t have any legal fees.
“I decided to donate all monies to help provide some relief to the victims of the massacre … it wasn’t mine to keep.”
Victoria Police decided not to press charges against either party in the March 16 incident.
Senator Anning, 69, has also avoided charges after striking the boy once he was egged.
“Investigators reviewed CCTV footage of the incident and both parties were interviewed,” police said in a statement.
“The 17-year-old Hampton boy has been issued with an official caution … A decision has been made not to charge the 69-year-old man. On assessment of all the circumstances, the 69-year-old’s actions were treated as self-defence as there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.”
Connolly was later interviewed on The Project, where he acknowledged “it was not the right thing to do” after listening to the Senator at a rally for an hour.
Saying his mother was “glad I stood up for what I believe in but she definitely disagrees with the way I did it”, he admitted there was “no reason to physically attack anyone”.
The unlikely internet sensation also revealed he had been nicknamed Egg Boy at school.
“I’d eat boiled eggs at lunch and all the girls would be like ‘Get away from me, that reeks’,” he joked.
“I’m off the eggs now. Officially off the eggs.”
The “pro-humanity” teenager became a meme sensation, with NBA star Ben Simmons paying a special tribute on his shoes and countless others praising Connolly’s actions for silencing Senator Anning.
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