Where I went to school in North Dakota, I was a lot more worried about being beaten up by the teachers than I was by fellow students. I haven’t really polled fellow NoDaks to see if this was the norm, or if my school comprised a statistically freakish pool of tough guys. Things are different in this school in Wisconsin, where the principal was not the locus of violence, but instead apparently tried to shield a kid, who was nevertheless beaten severely by fellow students and sued the school for negligence.
On the subject of school discipline, my friends and I were not huge fans of being whacked with paddles, kicked with cowboy boots or flogged with belts, but somehow it never crossed our minds to sue, or even to see it as wrong, to tell the truth. Instead, we spent our energy figuring out how to give the appearance of conformity and avoid these unpleasantries, while still doing what a kid’s got to do. Funny how attitudes change. If any of that happened to my kids today, I’d lead an uprising.