High School boys forced to hold hands as punishment for fighting

High school boys at Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona are in the center of a major controversy after choosing to hold hands in front of their peers instead of being suspended, as a punishment for fighting at school.

The school principal is under fire by some for the unusual and controversial form of punishment centering around public humiliation.

In a statement released by Mesa Public Schools, it is clear that the decision will be scrutinized. Part of that statement reads:

“The district does not condone the choice of in-school discipline given 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.”


 KPHO CBS 5 reported on the story:


6 thoughts on “High School boys forced to hold hands as punishment for fighting

  1. Vicki says:

    WTG!!! Mr. Richards.I think corporal punishment should be brought back into the schools.There's no many undisciplne kids in school.Thank this government for this.The parents can't discipine their kids anymore.

  2. I agree Vicki, we need corporal punishment. I remember getting swats in school from the dean, it was a major cure for doing stupid things as an adolescent..

  3. Sandra says:

    This is fabulous. These kids have to learn somehow and the schools can't use any disciplinary measures that are known to work so bravo to this Principal for finding a solution that gets the point across.

  4. Breezanemom says:

    I applaud this principal for thinking "outside the box". The boys agreed to the punishment and, perhaps, learned a lesson from it. When I was in school, being sent to the principal's office meant you got a whipping. Maybe we should return corporal punishment to the schools and teach some of these "bad ass" kids a lesson.

  5. George Vix says:

    That's not a corporal punishment, more like a sensitivity training. Whatever you want to call it, I applaud the principal!!!

  6. Solarcide says:

    Violence against children does not instill discipline. It shows that the assaulting adult does not have self discipline him or herself. I sincerely hope that you do not have any children under your "care".

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