School forces teen boys to hold hands as punishment

Students forced to hold hands as punishment 
By: Sanvi Rizvi 

(Scroll down for video) Nobody wants their child to be bullied.

Many schools have taken a strong stance against bullying.

Now, one school has found a weird way to stop fighting between classmates.

Two high school students in Arizona, who were caught fighting, were forced to hold hands in front of their classmates as punishment for the fighting.

The two students at Westwood High School, apparently received the option of either holding hands or being suspended.

"While they were holding hands other students were laughing and calling them names asking 'Are you gay?'" Student Brittney Smyers said.

Most students thought that this punishment was better than being suspended. An image of the teens was sent around on Facebook, where many people criticized the punishment, saying it was inappropriate.

One person commented that it encouraged bullying because the teens were taunted. Another person said that it sent a negative message to gay students because it sends a message that two men holding hands is viewed as humiliating.

A representative for the Public School District said: "We are dedicated to maintaining a safe and
supportive learning environment. The district has guidelines for appropriate student discipline and our site administrators have the authority to impose consequences within our policies and regulations. The district does not condone the choice of in-school discipline given to these students, regardless of their acceptance or willingness to participate. District leadership will address this matter with the school principal and review district protocol regarding student discipline with all administrators.