We've seen the topic of student fights here from time to time. My suggestion is and has always been that teachers should never physically intervene in a fight between students. I'm sure there may be rare exceptions where a physical intervention is the right thing to do, and in those cases I would still only recommend shielding a student (not trying to push or pull the aggressor away). A few weeks ago there was a fight at my old school. It was between two high school girls--and if you've ever witnessed a girl fight, you know that they can be particularly vicious. An administrator intervened and pulled one girl off the other girl. In the chaos of the situation, he put her onto the ground sort of bodyslam-style and basically sat on her until school police arrived on the scene. This entire event was recorded on another student's cell phone and ended up making the news. The mother of the girl is now suing the school district and claiming that the administrator perpetrated child abuse against the girl and caused her some injuries (which were documented and diagnosed by an ER doctor). The mom said in a news interview that if she had bodyslammed her daughter, she would have had to answer to CPS. The administrator was temporarily reassigned to a position where he could have no interactions with students, pending the investigation. It is very likely that he will be terminated at the conclusion of the investigation. He also faces possible criminal charges. I know that he didn't intend to hurt anyone. Honestly from what I saw on the video, what he did looked a lot like any other fight I've seen at school. Still, he did end up hurting the girl, even if unintentionally. When you get involved in a fight, you run the risk of causing injury or getting injured yourself. The injury itself makes that not really worth it, and there's also the added risk of potentially losing your job. This is just something to keep in mind for the future in case you're considering busting into the middle of a fight. I would encourage you to avoid doing that and find some other way to help during a fight.