The last few days there has been a lot of debate in Australia about schoolyard bullying after a Sydney boy retaliated against his aggressor after a lot of baiting and the whole incident was caught on film. It's now all over the net, but here's a link.
It brings up all sorts of issues with regards to school/parent discipline of kids etc, but I guess I'm interested in hearing opinions on firstly what do we teach our kids to do in the face of bullying? Secondly the wider and seemingly murky issue of how much force can someone use to defend oneself before it goes 'too far' in the eyes of the law? How does having a martial arts training background affect this also? I'm guessing there would be much more scrutiny of how one responds in a given situation if you've had training, especially for dan grades?
On the other side of the coin, this incident also brought up memories for me of some of the local bullies in my school learning karate and wanting to fight other kids to prove their toughness, so they were clearly badly instructed, too immature, or both; but that's a whole other topic I think!