I know I'm going to regret posting this.... A certain amount of 'bullying' can and should be an expected part of growing up, and that's fine and dandy; however, there needs to be some limits to it, and there also needs to be some consequences to it. Do we force kids to stand up for themselves by engaging in violence to get a bully to stop? I don't like the lesson that sends (violence solves problems). To say that they should stand there and take it seems equally destructive, as the bully won't stop, and for a kid without the adult experience to know that he's better than that could be devastating. The problem I see is that there is no rule of law present in schools, and as a result we are left with the law of the jungle. That might teach kids to survive in the jungle, but that's not where most of us live. If half the stuff I saw in schools happened in an adult workplace, you'd be up to your eyeballs in criminal cases, (assault, threats, etc) to say nothing of the civil ones. Now clearly, we don't know much about this case in particular, so everything I've said should not be taken as applying to it specifically, but rather regarding bullying in general.