An Arizona school district has condemned the in-school discipline at one of its high schools after two boys were forced to hold hands in front of their classmates as a punishment for fighting.
Earlier this week, the two students at Westwood High School in Mesa, Ariz., who have not been named, were faced with the prospect of either suspension from school, or sitting in chairs in the high school's courtyard and holding hands for 15 minutes during a lunch period. They opted for the latter.
"Kids were laughing at them and calling them names, asking, 'Are you gay?'" student Brittney Smyers told ABC affiliate KNXV.
Teens at the high school inevitably posted photos of the two, who spent the time shielding their faces with their heads in their hands, to social media sites...
(District spokesperson) Hollands said that the district is aware that many perceived the discipline as bullying and biased.
"The district is looking at how the actions have been perceived," she said. "That's a very important piece to know."
Friday, November 30, 2012
It's hard to imagine that the principal couldn't foresee any problems with this, uh, unique punishment: