Non-violence is the greatest Dharma; So too is all righteous violence.
In the Mumbai case actor Dutt was punished by court, for just holding the arms somebody gave him to keep. He has not hurt or injured anyone. But the question is had it been used...?
Just because something has not happened we can now be wise in saying.But if something happened then the same people would have turned the plate in a different way.
Many times the distance for tickle to become irritation and pain is very short. Vulnerable young students may not have any bad intention initially, but the chance to slip unknowingly is also there. The school or elders restrict or punish students of vulnerable age only to prevent slipping into problems and errors. Teaching and training invites a bit of punishment and regulation also.
I think after mediation the school has amended the punishment and taken a more lenient action.
Today things are not we expect of the children, they take such things very casually .
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
The parents also know that both the children did not commit any crime or crossed any lines, so why will they comment anything on it.
There was no point to suspend them both on this. Instead, the headmaster could have given them a warning about it and told them clearly how should they behave.
Do what inspires you !!
But taking such action is completely a wrong thing and to some extent shows the narrow-mindedness of our society.
If instead of that boy there would have been a girl I don't think there would have been any such action considering her to be a friend of the performing girl but since he was a boy he wasn't considered her friend in the same manner. Parents should have intervened in this afterall their children didn't do any objectionable thing to be suspended for it.
"It is hardest thing in the world to be good thinker without being a good self examiner"
I think that the parents and schools both are responsible for such incidences. The exposure to movies and serials on TV is also playing a wrong role. Anyway, parental guidance is important in the case of teenagers. If schools are so specific,then they should have a written code regarding this.