TheMinistry of Education in England has issued new guidelines to deal with student misbehavior. Teachers are now empowered to intervene in a fight between students in order to ensure that no one gets hurt. They also now have the right to stop and search students. In 64 cases where students leveled charges of abuse by teachers, only 4 raised serious questions concerning how teachers handled the situation.
This is a serious and complicated situation. Any act of intervention also subjects the teacher to physical harm. Any act of intervention subjects teachers to charges of physical abuse of students. A teacher who halts a fight and then is charged with student abuse knows even if found innocent, administrators will regard any such legal action as a statement of incompetence upon the part of the teacher.