Every state has a law on protecting a person’s right to act in defense of self and others. The constitution has 3 amendments dedicated to this right, the 2nd, 5th and 14th amendments.
In contrast to the foundations upon which this country was built, schools, through i.e. zero tolerance policies and/or the subrogation of the rights of the individual/student are punishing students who do not allow themselves to be victimized or act heroically.
Should your child go to school and make a gesture with his hands resembling a gun, under zero-tolerance policies you can be 100% assured that he or she will be promptly suspended or expelled.
However, when a student bully or random attacker hurls a desk at your child’s head fracturing his scull, no one is suspended and the school cannot be bothered to call 911.
Now, after the non-elected government administrators have disempowered teachers by making them fear losing their jobs if they step in to protect a student, these same administrators are trying to disempower students. Without a job to hold over their heads, this is proving to be a much harder task.
Take 13 year old Brian MacLean. Brian, by all accounts is a hero student who disarmed a knife wielding bully by body slamming him and leaving him incapacitated as he attempted to harm another student. However instead of being praised for his quick thinking heroics, the school condemned the actions that may have saved the students life, and treated Brian like a criminal. He was questioned, his locker searched and had to spend the entire day in the principal’s office.
After the incident, the school issued an official statement, saying that they do not “condone heroics.” Thus by omission, apparently what the school does condone is doing nothing while watching a student get stabbed. We’re sure that the student who could’ve been stabbed had a very different perspective.
In a related story, a parent tells of their 10 year old son, having just entered a new school, was attacked by a classmate. “It was a typical 5th grade scuffle. The other student ran towards him and started kneeing him in the ribs and leg. Our son, who has trained Karate for nearly two years, simply threw up a ‘block’ (in our style of Karate, a block is equivalent to a strike). The closed fist block struck the attacking student in the jaw, laying him out on the pavement.
As you may have guessed, we subsequently received a phone call from the principal’s office advising us that our son was being suspended over the incident. After further questioning, the principal admitted that our son acted in self defense (according to reports from student witnesses), but stressed that the proper response would have been for him to contact a ‘yard duty’ teacher.
When I pressed the principal on how that would have been possible under the circumstances, he simply responded with, “Sir, our policy is that students who engage in physical confrontation, regardless of the circumstances, will be suspended or expelled.”
Would the principal have taken the same stance if he was attacked, or would he have taken a beating and wait until after being beaten to call the police or the yard duty teacher.
When [our son] returned home from school that day he was terrified about the consequences he would face at home.
Suffice it to say, he not only didn’t get into trouble, but was commended for taking his personal safety into his own hands.
Moral of the story: Never allow yourself to become a victim for fear of school consequences. Schools should encourage personal empowerment, courage, the ability to think for oneself. Instead it seems that conformity, victimization and helplessness are the traits being encouraged by some educational establishments.