HAND GESTURE

Principal Makes Boys Hold Hands As Punishment For Fighting

How messed up is our society? A principal at an Arizona high school punished two students caught fighting by making them hold hands in front of their classmates.

If only our principal had meted out punishments like that.

Earlier this week, two students at Westwood High School in Mesa, AZ, were sent to Principal Tim Richard’s office for getting into a scuffle. The boys, whose names are being kept privte, were presented with a choice: Be suspended or sit and hold hands for 15 minutes during lunch. They went for the latter.

“Kids were laughing at them and calling them names, asking, ‘Are you gay?’” said classmate Brittney Smyers.

The school district isn’t fond of Richard’s decision: “The district does not condone the choice of in-school discipline given these students, regardless of their acceptance or willingness to participate,” a statement reads. “District leadership will address this matter with the school principal and review district protocol regarding student discipline with all administrators.”

Was Richard being canny—hitting the boys where it really hurts (their bullshit macho pride)—or endorsing homophobia by suggesting holding hands for a moment is a fate worse that being kicked out of school.

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