Mesa High-School Boys Forced to Hold Hands as Other Students Jeered; Poll: Was Punishment Appropriate?

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Image: Channel 5 News (KPHO-TV)
The boys' punishment was captured by onlookers' cameras; this picture was obtained by Channel 5 News.

Politically incorrect, yes. But there's nothing worse for some teenage boys than to be called "gay" by their peers.

Tim Richards, the principal of Westwood High School must have known that when he had a couple of students who were caught fighting to join hands publicly on campus this week while their classmates jeered.

"Kids were laughing at them and calling them names asking, 'Are you gay?'" student Brittney Smyers told ABC 15 (KNXV-TV).


Richards had given them a choice of the amateur public stockade or suspension, so he didn't actually forced them to hold hands and appear, for a moment, to be a couple. But the students chose the brief humiliation over the suspension. Now, in part due to photographs taken of the boys with their heads hung low in shame as they clutch hands, the story of the principal's punishment has become a nationwide news story.

Seems to us like this isn't a good precedent for student punishment. And it might even be offensive to gay people. We're sensitive to things like that, sometimes.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio enjoys inflicting similar humiliation on people, forcing them to wear pink underwear, slippers and handcuffs. New Times published a story in 2010 about a mentally ill inmate who, when told he'd be forcibly dressed in pink underwear whether he liked it or not, figured the guards wanted to dress him in women's clothing because they were about to rape him.

This is one of those water-cooler-type stories on which anyone can be expected to have opinion. So what do you think? Take our poll:



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23 comments
jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

"might be offensive to gay people"? HELL YES it's offensive!!! The principal wanted to humiliate the boys so he has them hold hands like they're gay. If they were Black would he have them stand there with a watermelon and fried chicken? Pull a special needs kid out if his wheelchair and make them crawl? But it's ok to make them look gay. And this fuck head is a school administrator.

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

Did anyone notice Ray didn't include the "Poll" link?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Shaking hands is holding hands and people do it everyday.  Nothing to be ashamed of. 

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

The punishment should have been that they have sex with each other.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

in this day and age, they got off lucky. instead of suspension or a parent calling a cop on them for assault, they had to do this? they chose this option instead of the harsher alternative, so it shouldnt be a problem.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

But it's ok to make them look gay and that's supposed to humiliate them. YOU'RE A FUCKHEAD PRINCIPAL!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan thats just the kind of punishment Babue tried to impose at the school he was headmaster at.....you went there didnt you JAF? so how many times did you start trouble so stud boi Babue could discipline you? i bet it was alot

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

the principle just used Joe's philosophy behind the booking photos and pink underwear. if the principle cant use the humiliation, neither should should the police be able to. these kids were caught fighting, whereas some of the people going through Joe's publicized photo's havent even been to court to prove their innocence or guilt before being branded as criminals (or in some cases, being dealt a death sentence)

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFanwith the tag starting out "RABBI" i'm thinking he isn't a priest. way to use your head. this would be why people say you dont think.

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

No doubt danzig, it's clear that JAF is a COCK sucker and packer...talks about a Rabbi being pedophile, obviously he's stupid and pedophile is his mind state. furthermore, all comments are to sleep together or kiss and make up....that JAF A Hole is 110% punk...if you know what i mean...lol 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

did he follow you here or did you follow him?

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