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