So Florida has a law that more or less says assault and battery is perfectly fine when committed in defence. (Many places have a legal allowance for self-defence, particularly if one can reasonably assume their life is in danger.) The Florida law, unlike many places, however has been successfully used to get a boy off of 2nd degree murder charges after stabbing a bully 12 times in retaliation for a punch. I'm particularly interested to see what the response to that is on this forum - one on which many people have been subject to fairly strong bullying. Do you think that it's ever justified to stab someone in retaliation for a punch? (Even when no intention to kill exists?) Do you think that a kid that stabs someone 12 times - even if in retaliation for a long-time bully picking on him - should be let off entirely? Personally I think that the kid shouldn't be held accountable for a murder but definitely needs to have a psychological evaluation and receive therapy if he's willing to stab someone *12 times*. If just brandished the knife or maybe even if he gave one stab it could be called defence but 12 times is a reckless, angry rampage.