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Email of the Day: We Were Proud Our Son Fought Back

By Dr. Laura on November 6, 2023
Boy in red cape flexes his biceps while standing in front of a dirt path in a field

My husband and I have four sons. At school, one of our sons got involved in an altercation with another boy. As reported by the school, the other boy started it, and even began CHOKING my child. My husband, who is a police officer, was closer to the school that day, so he went to see what happened.


He was told that he needed to sign our son out from school and come back in a WEEK to discuss the matter. He refused, saying he wouldn’t leave without speaking to the dean. The dean explained that although the other boy did choke our son, our son was being suspended because he pushed the boy off him! The school district had a hands-off policy and said he should have sought help from an adult. Then the dean said that if two adults have an altercation like this one, they would both go to jail. She didn’t know my husband was in law enforcement, so he had to correct her and say that in our state, the primary physical aggressor goes to jail, and not someone defending themselves.


In the end, our son was still suspended because of this policy. Once they left the school, my husband said he didn’t care about the suspension and told our son he was proud of him for standing up for himself. I married an amazing man.




We Were Proud Our Son Fought Back


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