Reagan was a doddering, dangerous politician. As the source of Palin's position-of-the-day ('criminals alone are responsible for what they do'), Reagan is yet again revealed to be as deluded as was Ayn Rand, the fantasist of the Right.
I am not saying that criminals are =not= responsible for their criminal acts. They absolutely are, and they need to pay the price. But bear with me.
In the classrooms that I have led, I and staff have reinforced for the children that instigating, escalating, or aggravating a classmate or situation is not acceptable. They each need to gain familiarity with those ideas if they expect to achieve personal success and stay out of trouble.