I spent today in restraint training, which poses a few philosophical questions not unlike the questions politicians are faced when going to war. To maintain peace/safety, I am going to invade your country/physical space and move you to where I think you need to be. Same deal. A country or student is aggressing and hurting others. What to do? My answer is usually to walk with the kid, away from the trigger and talk/listen. It goes a long way. It is helpful to know what to do if things escalate but I'm not going to put a kid down and I'm not going to fire a weapon in the name of peace. So, I think it is safe to say that I did not pass my training with flying colors. No heart, no skill.
On the drive home, drivers were beeping at each other, and cutting each other off. I yelled out "everyone needs to calm the hell down." I thought I showed great restraint.