Kids Should Be Able to Stand Their Ground, School Board Member Says

That’s the contention of a Duval County School Board member, who says children should be allowed to fight back if they’re attacked.

A Duval County School Board member thinks kids should be able to fight back if they're attacked in school.
A Duval County School Board member thinks kids should be able to fight back if they're attacked in school.

Duval County School Board member Jason Fischer thinks it’s high time students who are attacked on campus get the right to fight back without fear of getting into trouble.

Fischer is pushing for a change in that school district’s Code of Conduct that would allow kids to meet force with force if they are attacked, First Coast News is reporting.

"We have to, as a society, say we're not going to let our kids be bullied, we're not going to let them be attacked and violated, or further victimized by the criminal justice system or the discipline process,” Fischer was quoted as saying.

Fischer’s proposal has been compared to Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, which gained national attention during the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman following the death of Trayvon Martin. While Zimmerman’s defense didn’t cite the law in their case, it became a hotbed of debate at the time.

Stand Your Ground aside, Duval School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti isn’t too keen on Fischer’s proposal. He told First Coast News it’s possible the district will look at changing the code to allow consideration of student motivations when fighting, but that he’s not willing to let anyone off the hook for fighting.

Read the full story on First Coast News.

What are your thoughts on Fischer’s proposal? Should kids be able to fight back if they’re attacked in school? Tell us by commenting below!

morris hensley June 18, 2014 at 10:06 AM
My instructions to my grandson was not to take and physical abuse or attack from anyone after the first couple of bully situations. His last incident he took the boy down, then the punk ran. The problem is that the school administration is afraid and not aware of the incidents. The paperwork needed to report a bully is absurd. It is always the bullied that get in trouble or have to change schools and the guilty ones slide.
Tarpon Tales June 18, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Finally someone with common sense says the obvious. Bullies love prey that don't defend themselves.
Harold Sultzbaugh June 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Common sense should prevail in these cases.That is, OF COURSE the child(or adult) should fight back! I know from experience that a strong reaction from the bullied(me) ended the problem, and afterward I was treated with respect. There is NO other reasonable solution to bullying. Harold Sultzbaugh
P June 18, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Just "turn the other cheek" NEVER works! Bullies know the rules (disobey them like "guidelines" as to just how far they can bully!) Victim HAS to be able to defend! Is this current rule enforced by "Pro-Life" people? If you really care for life, DEFEND IT and peoples right to defend themselves!
Marc J. Yacht MD, MPH June 18, 2014 at 05:37 PM
Difficult issue. As a child in an inner city school in Philadelphia, fighting in the school yard was pretty commonplace. Typically a teacher would pull the kids apart and chase them to their next class. Sometimes a trip to the Principal's office and a scolding. Now such fights are often criminalized and the parents are brought into it and the whole business is blown out of proportion. I agree with the Superintendent, no fighting can be tolerated. Especially with easy access to weapons and the potential for dangerous repercussions. I would suggest investigating who triggered the altercation for appropriate discipline. There should be a clear policy to punish bullies.


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