49001. (a) For the purposes of this section "corporal punishment" means the willful infliction of, or willfully causing the infliction of, physical pain on a pupil. An amount of force that is reasonable and necessary for a person employed by or engaged in a public school to quell a disturbance threatening physical injury to persons or damage to property, for purposes of self-defense, or to obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects within the control of the pupil, is not and shall not be construed to be corporal punishment within the meaning and intent of this section.I think it's pretty clear that I as a school employee am authorized to use "reasonable and necessary" force to defend myself or others at school. So what would happen if a student took a swing at me? I'd have to determine if I thought I could "take" the student or not, to be quite honest. But what if this happened?
According to sheriff’s officials, the child refused to move when instructed by the teacher and yelled vulgar language at her. Eventually the 11-year-old got up and punched the teacher in the nose, breaking it. No one else was injured in the assault.Have no doubt that I would pursue all legal remedies, both civil and criminal. You cannot for a moment give people the impression that such behavior would be tolerated or excused at all.