Yesterday after school, a bunch of our students decided to be stupid. The police were called out (happens regularly where I teach). Two of the students bowed up in front of one of the officers. The officer asked the children (one 18, one 17) to back up and stop what they were doing. They did not stop. Not only did they not stop, the 18 year old proceeded to take a swing at the officer at which point 4 other officers gave him a beat down. He wasn't going down without a fight. (More evidence of teens doing stupid things.) Had the original officer drawn his weapon in defense, he would have been justified in protecting himself from a grown man who was not listening to what he was being told, not stopping, and coming at the officer with bad intent. What's more, had people come upon the scene towards the end, they would undoubtedly have thought the officer was acting irrationally against these "poor little high school boys." My principal has requested they be expelled. If they were willing to strike a police officer - imagine what they would do to a teacher. And you never know what these kids are really thinking or whether they are going to carry out their threats (usually yes). The police deserve higher pay, and teachers deserve combat pay.