Just today, though, someone posted a comment on that post and pointed me to a section of California Ed Code that I didn't know about.
48900. A pupil shall not be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion, unless the superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has committed an act as defined pursuant to any of subdivisions (a) to (q), inclusive:
(a) (1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
(2) Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense. (boldface mine--Darren)
This changes everything. Administrators at my school refuse to make judgements about "who started it" and suspend anyone involved in a fight. It's wrong, it's unjust, and now we learn it's illegal.