I do not advocate violence in any school environment. However, the recent events involving the DHS principal and the grandmother of a female student have brought to light the age-old problem of bullying and harassment, failure of school officials to effectively deal with such, and, yes, those individuals that feel compelled to act when nothing is being resolved in such situations.
While I don't believe that the grandmother should have been swinging her cane, I do think that it is a shame for her to have had to be in that situation to begin with. I am personally aware of a few such situations that involve student interaction problems that are escalating only because no one acts to effectively resolve them. The school officials are often aware of the problem but for some unfathomable reason choose to not deal with it. Either the problem students are left to run wild or the victims are seen as just as big a problem as their attackers. Not until we, the parents, the educators, and the government take the seriousness of these situations to heart, will we ever be able to say our schools are safe.