It is not an issue about how easy or hard I find forgiveness. I don't think we should personalise this discussion. If a defendant is found guilty in court, they judge asks what they have to say for themselves. Likewise in school I ask errant pupils what they have to say for themselves. This is not about anything I have decided but the mere application of laws of natural justice. When I first started asking students "what have you got to say for yourself?" I learnt a lot as a teacher and saw my mistakes. This led me to the conviction that we need to democratise schools as a vehicle to school improvement. In no way do I condone assault, but assaults in school tend to happen because young people (usually boys) feel that no-one listens to them. Eva is probably in an authoritarian school, where she isn't listened to either and it is unfair on all parties.