When two students at Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona got in a fist fight during gym class a first-year principal, Tim Richard, presented the teens a choice — be suspended from school or sit in chairs holding hands in front of their classmates during a lunch period. The boys, reportedly a freshman and a sophomore, chose the latter.
“Kids were laughing at them and calling them names asking, ‘Are you gay?’” student Brittney Smyers told ABC 15.
Students 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.
On the Facebook posting, users commented that the perceived puninishment is not appropriate, as it positions the teens as targets for taunting and name-calling. Others suggested the punishment was anti-gay, as it implies two males holding hands is embarrassing.
Once the school district got wind of Richard’s unique punishment, it issued a statement saying it doesn’t condone what the school did.
“The district does not condone the choice of in-school discipline given to these students, regardless of their acceptance or willingness to participate,” the statement read.
“District leadership will address this matter with the school principal and review district protocol regarding student discipline with all administrators.” | source
Do you agree with the principal’s decision to offer the boys an unconventional in-school punishment rather than suspending them?