* "Talk all the time... 'You must stop fighting.' 'I am going to separate you.' 'If one stray punch hits me it will be time for the police.' 'You are making a prat of yourself in front of everyone.' Appeal to their vanity: 'Do you want everyone to see you with your hair like that?'
"Sometimes pupils get themselves into a fight and can't see a way out, so a teacher intervening is welcomed as a good excuse to end it. 'Yeah, well, I would have killed her if Miss hadn't come along.' " Pixel
* "Sometimes it works to force the participants together. This means they can't move their arms to be able to continue fighting...and it is then a natural reaction for them to want to pull away from each other." Doug Specht
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