I guess I don't have much to contrast it with since I never went to school. I'm not sure you had actually earned their "respect." Rather, their view may have been that it was now established he is your superior and it could come across as whimpy if he just kept beating up the same kid.
But how can I know? The latter is more how it worked around me - the notion of matched fights to determine whose kid is superior. If it known one kid can beat the other kid up, then it wasn't really a fight. Rather it was just having one kid beat another (which wasn't uncommon either.) Again, you were there and I wasn't.
One thing, though, I do know is that "fights" can result in permanent injuries, not just black eyes and a bloody lip. So the bullies you fought probably weren't that tough or didn't really want to hurt you and it more a dominance, pecking order thing maybe. Or didn't REALLY want to fight you, just wanted to act tougher - so more of a faux bully than a real one?
But I would also wonder if your experiences are recent or many years ago? The potentials of violence in many school districts now seems to involve group/gang type violence and weapons such as knives can suddenly come into play.
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