There used to be fights, dare I say “back in the 50’s”, where two boys would fight, wrestle, and tussel about,
and NO ONE DREAMED OF “PULLING A KNIFE”.
Because it was WRONG. The perp would be perpetually isolated from EVERYONE else for pulling such and egregious breach of decency.
But, we can’t have “shame” these days, you know, too “damaging to the psyche” etc, and of course, standards of right and wrong are just too “ethnocentric” and judgemental.
When I went to school no self respecting boy walked around without a penknife or, preferably a jack knife.
You never knew when you might have to open a can of pork and beans, build an emergency shelter, whittle a toy flute or fend off a mountain lion, a dragon or a band of godless commies.
Yes, and for kicking their opponent also. Kicking was "fighting dirty" and frowned upon by most boys. I am not talking about the inner city schools however, that even in the 50s had problems with gangs and violence, although back then kids could quit school at a early age and most gang bangers were not in school.
I grew up in Bell Gardens(in LA, near Compton et al), or at least partially grew up there, and it was bad in the 50s but is worse now. Back then all the mean kids were not in school, they had either been kicked out or quit. You had to deal with them out of school but not while in school.
School officials at that time dealt with violence without fear of retaliation from lawsuits and other such garbage and most parents supported them.
Pocket knives were as plentiful as leaves on trees, every boy had one and I never once saw a knifing or any other weapon used on a kid in school.
Luckily my parents moved us out of their by the time I was 10 and moved up to a great part of CA, the North. Now, even that is being ruined by the liberal fungus which has gotten a foothold on the feet of America and threatens to spread to the whole body.