I HATE calling it bullying because that's not what it (always) is I would never give someone my lunch money or something stupid just because they say they're gonna beat me up. I'd just fight back and if I lose then whoopdie doo I got a black eye and claim self defense and they are in juvenile hall bawling their eyes out so I win. Also, I am 15 years old and I was 13 when I left public school, I'm pretty sure I've got all the social skills I need, I'm not talking about cyber school from K-12 I'm talking about in middle and highschool because those are the worst years for some kids. As for learning social skills, it's nearly impossible if the people won't talk to you and when they do, nothing comes out of their mouthes but hurtful comments which makes them not one ANY social contact. I'd rather not put up with that for any longer. When kids are treated like that for so long they start to crack and go psychotic and suicidal maybe even homicidal. Trust me, I've almost been there it's not pretty. It's the opposite of pretty it truly is hell. As for sitting through it to gain immunities from it, it doesn't always work that way, sometimes it goes the opposite way and the kid will develop insecurities and other things that are not normal social behavior. Like I said before, for some people, middle and high school is hell, and for others it's great. It's total opposites it's REALLY important that you guys understand that.
And yes Dino, there have been a lot of people to bring guns and knives to school in my area and all over the country really. One girl had one in her backpack and her mom found it before she left for school and she only had TWO WEEKS of suspension. Not to mention there have been 18 bomb threats in my school since the first day in September.