Policies that punish students for reasonably defending themselves put them in potentially horrible scenarios. It's about time someone starts thinking about the unintended consequences of punishing those who stand up for themselves and others.
Many legislators and school-safety advocates have demanded "zero tolerance" for bullies. But as founder of Gay-Straight Alliance Network, a national organization that empowers students to create safer schools for LGBT youth, I can tell you there's a better way.
It seems to me that we should be teaching kids today how to deal with bullies, and we should be taking those bullies aside and looking at their lives to find out what is making them act as bullies.