'Eggboy' Hero Promises to Donate Money to Christchurch Terror Attacks Victims

Published March 18th, 2019 - 12:11 GMT
Twitter has erupted with praise of Egg Boy with many creating 'fan art' to show they stand with the 17-year-old (Instagram)
Twitter has erupted with praise of Egg Boy with many creating 'fan art' to show they stand with the 17-year-old (Instagram)

The 17-year-old dubbed 'eggboy' has been left shaken by his sudden fame after he smashed an egg on the back of Senator Fraser Anning's head.

Will Connolly, from Victoria, was behind Mr Anning at a Conservative National Party Meeting in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon when he egged the senator.

And since footage of the egging went viral the teenager has been hailed a hero, with murals now appearing in his honour.

While most of world has been singing his praises, Mr Connolly has been left shaken, his parents told 9News.

Mr Connolly's social media accounts have been silent since his sudden rise to stardom.

 

The teen, who arrested at the scene and later removed from the premises, has been at home after a brief hospital check up, his parents said.

The egging came a day after Mr Anning released a statement where he blamed Muslim immigration for the terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, where 50 people were killed.

Public support has been growing for the teenager, with a GoFundMe page set up to pay for the teenager's legal fees and 'to buy more eggs'.

'Our hero EggBoi takes on Fraser Anning, the senator for Queensland that is now despised around the world for comments made after the shooting at a New Zealand mosque,' the GoFundMe page says.

The page has far exceeded its original $2,000 goal with more than 14,000 shares on Facebook and more than 1,400 people donating to the cause.

It has since reached over $40,000 and is still climbing.

An update on the GoFundMe page said Mr Connolly plans to donate the majority of the funds raised to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack.

Despite the public backlash over his comments and actions, Mr Anning has refused to apologise.

Speaking in Brisbane on Monday, Mr Anning told reporters Mr Connolly 'got a slap across the face, which is what his mother should have given him long ago'.

'When somebody cracks you in the back of your head, you react and defend yourself.

'That for years is what Australians have been doing, luckily they did that in the trenches otherwise we'd be all speaking German now.'

However, high-profile criminal lawyer Adam Houda, who has defended men charged with terrorist-related offences in the past, has said Mr Anning's claim of self-defence would not stand up in court.

On twitter, the high profile lawyer said it was a clear case of assault on a child.

'I've just seen the footage of the Fraser Anning egging. Anning reacts by assaulting the young man. The police are now obligated to charge Anning,' he tweeted.

Victoria Police released a statement saying they are continuing to investigate the incident 'in its entirety' including the actions of Mr Anning and others.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.     


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