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    Re: Should high school students break up fights in school?

    On what basis do you call yourself an authority?


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    You would be instituting character and respect for authority by demonstrating that some things are not your domain. You can still do the right thing. If it is a desperate situation and no one is around, yes, the student can and perhaps should get involved. Otherwise, get the adults in charge, let the adults in charge do their job. Nevertheless, on the whole, students on the outside should not be breaking up fights, because they are not the adults in charge, and yes, they bring unnecessary complications and dangers to the situation. This is their job, their legal responsibility-to protect everyone, including protecting students from themselves.

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    Re: Should high school students break up fights in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    On what basis do you call yourself an authority?
    I was merely a student teacher (though have a teacher's license), but during that time, I was legally required to break up fights every day and could not let them do it themselves. Furthermore, prior to that, I had extensive personal experience going up the authority chain with bullying experiences I had went through and which we had fought up the chain.
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    Re: Should high school students break up fights in school?

    You should be legally required to break up fights, at least within reason. If you're around, you shouldn't let them do it themselves. In doing so, you are leading by example. In that sense, I'm in agreement with the law.

    My opinion only differs from yours with respect to those instances when there is no teacher present. If a student witnesses something they know is wrong (drug use, bullying, etc) then they should either drop what they're doing and rush to report it, or intervene themselves... depending on their judgement.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    I was merely a student teacher (though have a teacher's license), but during that time, I was legally required to break up fights every day and could not let them do it themselves. Furthermore, prior to that, I had extensive personal experience going up the authority chain with bullying experiences I had went through and which we had fought up the chain.

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    Re: Should high school students break up fights in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I agree. I just don't want to teach kids, when they're young and impressionable and at the age where they're learning about life, that the right thing to do when they see something going on is to walk away and ignore it.
    Disagree, my "yammering" is this...Do not necessarily walk away...if its a fair fight, it will burn itself out...if not, then manly action is required.

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    Re: Should high school students break up fights in school?

    I completely agree. I think you quoted the wrong guy!

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Disagree, my "yammering" is this...Do not necessarily walk away...if its a fair fight, it will burn itself out...if not, then manly action is required.

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    Re: Should high school students break up fights in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Disagree, my "yammering" is this...Do not necessarily walk away...if its a fair fight, it will burn itself out...if not, then manly action is required.
    You do know a teacher or administrator would not last long at all in that position if that is the approach they take, right? This is beyond irresponsible. Lawsuits would be filed, for goodness sake's.

    My opinion only differs from yours with respect to those instances when there is no teacher present. If a student witnesses something they know is wrong (drug use, bullying, etc) then they should either drop what they're doing and rush to report it, or intervene themselves... depending on their judgement.
    If they see bullying, they can help stop it if no one is around, but they need to report it. If they see drug use, report immediately, do not intervene. Not depending on their judgment, for goodness sakes.
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    Re: Should high school students break up fights in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by marcus903 View Post
    Do you honestly think high school students should break up fights in school and help keep the school safer?

    1. What do you think the reward should be?

    2. Should students be punished for trying to break up the fight?

    3. What would you do if a student broke up a fight?

    Answer my questions, now.
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    Re: Should high school students break up fights in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by marcus903 View Post
    Do you honestly think high school students should break up fights in school and help keep the school safer?

    1. What do you think the reward should be?

    2. Should students be punished for trying to break up the fight?

    3. What would you do if a student broke up a fight?

    Answer my questions, now.

    I told my son to stay out of it, aside from certain very limited very extreme and unlikely situations of a specific nature.

    Mostly, it isn't worth sticking your nose in. The authorities will likely percieve you as a participant in the fight and require you to prove that you were not; there are liability concerns as well. Grabbing someone who is fighting, or getting between two fighters, is a good way to get hurt.

    Also, you often won't know what is going on: who started it, who is in the wrong, what the details are... and whether this might involve you in an ongoing grudge feud that could escalate beyond mere adolescent fisticuffs.

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    Re: Should high school students break up fights in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by marcus903 View Post
    Do you honestly think high school students should break up fights in school and help keep the school safer?
    Sure, if there is no one in authority around and they can do so without making the situation worse, of course they should.

    Quote Originally Posted by marcus903 View Post
    1. What do you think the reward should be?
    Nothing.

    Quote Originally Posted by marcus903 View Post
    2. Should students be punished for trying to break up the fight?
    No.

    Quote Originally Posted by marcus903 View Post
    3. What would you do if a student broke up a fight?
    Nothing.

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    Re: Should high school students break up fights in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post

    The authorities will likely percieve you as a participant in the fight and require you to prove that you were not;
    This is a valid point. If a teacher walking out of her classroom comes across four students in a rugby scrum, all four will likely be suspended. There's a good chance she won't know which two started the fight and which two were trying to break it up.

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