Tonight, while surfing Twitter, I came across this story, and have to say I was angry after reading it. Go ahead and read the story, then come back to this window.
So, while we all know we’re not supposed to fight, and not supposed to throw punches at school, this student was suspended for simply defending a classmate. So to the powers that be at Huntington Beach High School, I ask you this. Should this kid, seeing his fellow student under attack by a bully, simply have allowed the beating to continue? It sounds like school staff weren’t doing anything to intervene. As the article states the subject under attack was being hit on/around the head, and as head injuries can be very serious, I’m glad someone stepped in and put a stop to it.
As many of my readers know, I am totally blind. However, the fact he was defending a blind/visually impaired person is not why I believe he should not have been punished. I would feel this way were he defending any fellow student, staff member, or anyone else. We’ve become a society that punishes those who help others, forgetting that unfortunately, violence is sometimes necessary to defend yourself and/or those around you. In my opinion, the bully got what he deserved. If thiss were my kid who’d knocked the bully to the ground, I’d be praising her quick thinking and taking action instead of standing idly by.
Shame on you, Huntington Beach High school. This student should have his suspension from school lifted, and should be welcomed back onto the football team with open arms. His act of courage should be rewarded, not punished.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a fan of using violence to solve a problem. However, with bullies, often, violence is the only thing they understand. Many times, giving the bully a taste of his own medicine is the only way to teach him a lesson and get him to leave you alone.
What do you, the readers, think? Feel free to sound off in the comments below.