"Self-Defense" in Schools Right now I think the policy in schools about fighting is messed up. If two students get into a physical altercation of any kind, they automatically get suspended. Fault/instigation is irrelevant, and no matter the circumstances, both of them get the boot. I can't understand the logic behind this. If you are assaulted on the street, the cops don't say "Why didn't you avoid confrontation and/or run to your nearest police station and run away?". When the situation is unavoidable, and you are put in a position where you must defend yourself, why must you be punished? Are schools getting lazy? Would it take too much time to investigate matters such as these? Maybe in elementary and middle school the existing policy would work, but in high school serious situations can occur, and being liable for defending yourself isn't something I view is bad. Is this the same in all countries?