"(because we don't want you to, you fool!)Ahhh, ummm....."
Sometimes it's not just ok, hitting someone is the RIGHT thing to do.
Go read. It's good.
And, once again, this 'zero tolerance' crap is one of the more idiotic things to take hold in schools(gee, thanks again you socialist assholes). When a kid defending himself is held equally as guilty as the jerk who started the fight, it's a big problem.
Somewhat connected, when daughter was learning to drive, the Rodney King riots started.
Watching some video that included that poor bastard being dragged out of
his truck and maimed, I told her to always remember that when driving
she was always armed with 'X' horsepower and at least a ton of metal, and
"NEVER let someone force you to stop, especially if there's some kind of crowd mess going on."
"What if they get in front of me?"
"What if they won't move?"
"Drive OVER them."
"You could get in trouble for that!"
"You have to be alive and whole to worry about that. Lawyers are cheap in comparison."