No Suspension on The Act of Self Defense sign now

On November 30th, 2007, according to eyewitness at the scene at the time, Wendy, a not-so-close freshman friend of mine, was attacked for no reason by another student. In an attempt to prevent any further hurt from her, Wendy chose to use self-defense and punched her assailant one time. Later, both were suspended.





This is a common scene in today's schools. Fights occur and people who did fight and people who did not fight, but were still in the fight, are all suspended or expelled. This is due to many reasons, one of which is that many schools tend to take the 'Fighting Takes Two' stance in the long-lasting battle. But can fighting always take two to start and two to finish. For example, let us say a student does abide to a school's rule of no fighting, but he gets caught in the fight anyways. He tries to run away, fails, and now he is getting beaten up while doing nothing to try and protect himself or drive the attackers away. But still he ends up being suspended because he was part of a fight, thus 'fighting'. Can this really be called a fight? Teachers and staff that are reading this, if you were caught in that student's situation, would you not fight? Thus, I feel that suspension due to self-defense is unjust and wrong.





Furthermore, suspension due to self-defense is unlawful. According to California Education Codes Section 48900 Subdivision (a) Part (2), a pupil may not be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion, unless the superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has committed an act as defined pursuant to any of subdivisions (a) to (q) inclusive: (a) (2) Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense. While this law may work against us because that one word 'may', stated at the very beginning of Education Code 48900, we have clearly stated at the beginning of this petition that there were eyewitnesses at the scene stating that Wendy was attacked for no reason and that she was attacked first. Therefore, we believe that the suspension of Wendy is wrong and unlawful. We also believe that Wendy should be allowed back at school, with no marks on her permanent record, if there be any. Finally, I, the author of this petition, personally think that you, the people that govern the schools, should change the way you do start and end your investigations because, like much of the public would agree, it does not always take two people to have a fight.





To those that read this petition, I thank you for the effort of reading this entire article. If you are to sign this petition, I request that you use your real name and not nicknames that some people will use in other nicknames, as this will be presented to the principal of my school and possibly the superintendent, and it will look pretty embarrassing if they find names such as 'Yoshi' and 'dude that cares' on the petition. I thank you people for reading this and thank you for the support that you give to me, my friends, and my kin.








My sources: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html (Check Education Code, type self-defense in the textbox, and click search. On the search results page, click Education Code Section 48900 48927)


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