We were having an in school field trip and got put into random groups. I was with 2 dudes and 1 girl. 1 dude kept putting his arm on my desk and I asked him to remove it.Then he kept touching me. It was a very light punch, out still technically a punch on my arm. I told him to stop touching me, but he kept doing it so I told his mom who was volunteering at the field trip. She told him to stop, out he kept doing it, the light punch on my arm. He eventually stopped, but it ruined my field trip and I can't reverse time so I have to get revenge. At recess, I told m home room teacher, but I don't think she considered it a big deal. I didn't see her talk to him or receive an apology so I am not sure what to do. I think the law will help me when I take this to bigger authority. By the way, was Friday and should I just leave it alone? Anyways, was it illegal or not? If this doesn't work, I just want to give his a hard punch and I heard it was illegal for him to punch me back so yeah.

  • If you give him a hard punch, you could find yourself arrested, in court, and convicted. Don't do it. – gnasher729 May 3 '19 at 22:52
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    "I can't reverse time so I have to get revenge" That is a very juvenile way of looking at things. First you should elevate this up your school chain of command. Tell your parents to talk to the principle or even the district. If that doesn't go anywhere try the police. But revenge is not what you should be considering. – Ron Beyer May 3 '19 at 23:04
  • Yeah it's illegal for him to punch you back. It's also illegal for you to punch him in the first place. – forest May 5 '19 at 7:52

Your issue is somewhere in the neighborhood of assault. An assault is a threat or attempt to inflict offensive physical contact or bodily harm on a person which puts the person in immediate danger of or in apprehension of such harm or contact. Groping is an example of offensive contact that does not involve bodily harm. Assault is against the law in two ways. First, it is a tort, meaning that the victim can sue the assailant for the damage that was caused. Second, it is generally a crime, meaning that the assailant might be punished, if convicted. The Canadian law regarding the crime of assault is §265 of the Criminal Code. The law says plainly that

A person commits an assault when (a) without the consent of another person, he applies force intentionally to that other person, directly or indirectly

Whether or not the government will pursue the matter is difficult to say. The standard procedure is that the victim reports the event to the police, who will decide whether to investigate, and it could end up in court being prosecuted by the Crown.

The other path is a lawsuit, where the person harmed files a lawsuit and has his day in court. The victim files a complaint alleging that certain events took place (it has to match toe legal definition of assault), and that you were harmed in a way that can be redressed with an award of money. You would, of course, hire a lawyer to pursue this, because you can't just say to the court "Make him pay, he punched me". You might be awarded something for emotional distress. You might want to talk to a lawyer about the prospects for getting an award large enough to cover your legal bill.

Needless to say, punching as payback is also assault, which as I mentioned is a crime. It's quite possible that the police will decide not to pursue the first assault but would take a dimmer view of revenge assault and prosecute you.

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