Zero tolerance policies made high school much more exciting, especially with fights.
We did have fewer fights than other school districts, but the fights we did have were MUCH more brutal than the fights in other districts. Other districts, you'd get roughed up, a black eye, couple of bruises, a bloody nose. Our district, you got your jaw broken, hand crushed, skull cracked, or your knee smashed.
Our fights were more brutal because of the zero tolerance policy, we figured "Well hell, I'm getting suspended no matter what, I might as well get my money's worth." Even if you didnt throw a punch, you got suspended as if you'd started the fight.