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Teenage Boys Forced To Hold Hands In Public As Punishment For Fighting At School

An Arizona principal is facing backlash from the community after two teenage boys were given the option to sit in chairs in public holding hands as “punishment” for a school fight. Many felt that the disciplinary action was anti-gay.

via ABC News

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.

While this punishment probably did what it was intended to do, we think that there were surely other, more effective and socially conscious consequences for fighting during school that the principal could have used. Do you think the punishment was appropriate?

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