Take the punishment, you did the right thing! I hear it all the time from parents at my martial arts school. A kid is getting bullied, teachers tell everyone involved not to do anything other than report it, even if its turning physical and they risk injury. But, you stand up to the bully and punch him back, now you're expelled. In some cases, the student who ends up standing up for themselves actually gets punished worse than the person who started it. Same goes for kids trying to help. If you see someone getting their face smashed in, don't try to help them or else you're a bad person, your best bet is to go and tell a teacher who's probably too busy to try and do anything about it. It's ridiculous!