Parents unhappy with policy against fighting

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Like many schools, Rush-Henrietta Senior High School in North-Western New York has a zero-tolerance policy about fighting at school. Some parents, however, are calling it a zero-thinking policy. The way the policy is being implemented, if one student attacks another, the victim receives the same punishment as his or her attacker.

Parent Amy Schubach says her son was attacked by two brothers and even though he didn't fight back, he was given the same ten-week suspension as the other boys. "If someone attacks someone even from behind and the other one protects himself then they are also suspended," she says. "I feel they should have a policy that goes after the attackers or the instigators and makes them take the punishment."

This seems like a difficult situation -- it would be easy enough for someone to say "He jumped me from behind," when in fact it was the other way around. I also see the parents' point, however. If a kid gets suspended just for getting beaten up, what incentive is there to avoid fighting back? What do you think?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.